Why Trump’s Softening on Immigration Is Unlikely to Splinter His Base

In a matter of weeks, President Trump has twice struck deals with Democrats in Congress that have left many of his supporters flummoxed. … But the informal DACA agreement with Democrats is unlikely to be the move that splinters his re-election coalition. Partnering with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on […] Read more »

Alabama’s Senate runoff election mirrors the national struggle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party

Thanks to a traditionalistic political culture and modern-day culture wars, public humiliation and scandal have plagued all three branches of Alabama government in the last year. In July 2016, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for felony ethics violations for soliciting money […] Read more »

Unsweet Home Alabama

In the midst of a grueling campaign for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Alabama’s political sweet tea has acquired a distinctly sour taste. Appointed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R) finds himself in a vulnerable position against former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) in the party’s primary […] Read more »

Trump Voters Not Bothered by Overtures to Democrats

Despite a far-right outcry about Donald Trump’s dealings with Congressional Democrats, it appears that the president’s base has not deserted him as his job approval rating remains stable in the latest Monmouth University Poll. While some Trump voters would be upset if he softened his position on a core issue […] Read more »

How the GOP Prompted the Decay of Political Norms

President Trump’s approach to governance is unlike that of his recent predecessors, but it is also not without antecedents. The groundwork for some of this dysfunction was laid in the decades before Trump’s emergence as a political figure. Nowhere is that more true than in the disappearance of the norms […] Read more »

These are the supporters Trump is losing

The focus on whether President Donald Trump’s political base is splintering may be missing an even more important crack in his foundation. Even as Trump faces a geyser of discontent from conservative leaders over his recent legislative overtures toward Democrats, previously unpublished results from an array of recent public polls […] Read more »

For those in the Party of Trump, the Republicans — not the president — are to blame

… Granville County has long been a Democratic stronghold, but it was one of six rural counties in North Carolina that flipped from voting twice for Barack Obama to voting for Trump last year. Local Democrats blame the flip on low turnout, especially among African Americans who make up a […] Read more »

Economic Research Findings: Persuadable and Democratic Drop-off Voters

New research conducted on behalf of Priorities USA among key groups of persuadable voters and mobilization targets shows that there is a broad and growing identification of Donald Trump as someone who looks out first and foremost for the wealthy at a time when the economic situation for the middle […] Read more »