Here’s Just How Little Confidence Americans Have In Political Institutions

Trust in the institutions that have been the pillars of U.S. politics and capitalism is crumbling. That is one finding from the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, which shows that Americans have limited confidence in its public schools, courts, organized labor and banks — and even less confidence in big business, […] Read more »

Looming Shutdown Would Further Damage Government’s Image

The looming shutdown of the federal government — because elected officials cannot agree on immigration policy — would almost certainly do further damage to Americans’ already negative view of the government. Only one in five Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, and President Donald Trump’s job approval is […] Read more »

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 »