Immigration a Top Problem for Republicans, Not for Democrats

Partisan differences are clearly visible in Americans’ assessments of the most important problem facing the country. Dissatisfaction with government ranks at or near the top of the list of the country’s most important problems for both Republicans (16%) and Democrats (30%), though the percentages differ substantially. But while immigration ties […] Read more »

‘Wave versus the map’: Democratic control of Senate moves from preposterous to possible

The possibility that Democrats could win the Senate in 2018 seemed preposterous a year ago given President Trump’s stunning victory and the basic math facing a party defending three times as many seats as Republicans in November’s midterm elections. Not anymore. The debate has grown over Democrats’ chances of capturing […] Read more »

Showbiz Democrats: Hope for Midterms, Mindful of the Message

Polling shows signs of a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterms, dozens of Republicans are retiring from Congress and leaving competitive races, and organizing appears to have worked well for the left in Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama. But as much as Hollywood’s Democratic donors and fundraisers say they are […] Read more »

Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington

Democrats’ national level of support has seen better days. Much better. By the numbers, Democrats are at their lowest in nearly 100 years. While the party had a successful night in off-year elections on Nov. 7, 2017, and in the Dec. 12, 2017, special election in Alabama for U.S. Senate, […] Read more »

Conservative Lead in Ideology Is Down to Single Digits

Continuing a quarter-century trend, the term “liberal” continues to catch up with “conservative” as Americans’ preferred description of their political views. Thirty-five percent of U.S. adults in 2017 identified as conservative and 26% as liberal, the first time the conservative label’s edge has been single digits. Its nine-percentage-point edge in […] Read more »