Political Beliefs & Behaviors

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Is Media Driving Americans Apart?

Is social media responsible for our democracy’s current crisis? An increasing amount of political information (and misinformation) gets disseminated online, and many Americans do not trust the media, do not trust Congress and do not trust the president. By many measures, voters are as polarized now …

Millennials prefer Democratic control of Congress by 2:1 margin

A majority of millennial voters hope to see Democrats take control of both congressional chambers in next year’s midterm elections, according to a …

Alabama Republicans call allegations against Roy Moore false

<b>By Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna and Anthony Salvanto</b><p>A new CBS News poll finds 71 percent of Alabama Republicans say the allegations …

Student Attitudes Free Speech Survey - Full Text - FIRE

<b>Self-Expression</b><p>Students were asked to identify whether they feel comfortable sharing ideas and opinions in their college classrooms. <b>Very liberal</b> …

1. Partisan divides over political values widen

The gap between the political values of Democrats and Republicans is now larger than at any point in Pew Research Center surveys dating back to 1994, …

Democracy

The Media Has A Probability Problem

The media’s demand for certainty — and its lack of statistical rigor — is a bad match for our complex world.<p><i>This is the 11th and final article in a</i></i> …

Elections

A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech

Here’s the problem with suggesting that upsetting speech warrants “safe spaces,” or otherwise conflating mere words with physical assault: If speech is violence, then violence becomes a justifiable response to speech.<p>Just ask college students. A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use …

Censorship

Strange but true: Praise in lefty San Francisco for Pelosi and Trump — gasp — working together

What happens when the congressional representative of this uber-liberal enclave — who also happens to be leader of House Democrats — starts dancing with the devil?<p>Nancy Pelosi, along with her Senate counterpart, Charles E. Schumer, convinced President Trump to override his advisors and ignore …

Nancy Pelosi

Trump Voters 'Disappointed' In President

A focus group with Trump voters in Pittsburgh shows that some of his supporters are disappointed with the president. Pollster Peter Hart and NBC's …

Elections

Americans get more politically involved than citizens elsewhere. The Constitution's framers designed it that way.

Monkey Cage | Analysis<p>September 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM<p>In this photo from Aug. 14, 2017, a sign is held up during a town hall meeting with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) at the University School’s auditorium in Greeley, Colo. (JOSHUA POLSON/THE GREELEY TRIBUNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)<p>Welcome back to The …

Democracy

Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions

Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments of the impact of several of the nation’s leading institutions – including the news …

Higher Education

The Bernie voters who defected to Trump, explained by a political scientist

About 12 percent of Bernie Sanders supporters from the Democratic primary crossed party lines and voted for Donald Trump in the general election, a new analysis says.<p>In several key states — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan — the number of Sanders to Trump defectors were greater than Trump’s …

Elections

How the Midwest slipped away from Dems

For two decades, Democrats relied on a seemingly impregnable blue wall in presidential elections.<p>The 18 states plus the District of Columbia that …

Elections

A political scientist has discovered a surprising way to increase voter turnout. It starts in childhood.

Almost one in two of the United States’ voting-age population failed to cast their ballot in last November’s presidential elections, putting the United States far behind almost all other developed democracies around the world in voter turnout.<p>Many proposals have been offered to tackle this …

Elections

Political Migration: A New Business of Moving Out to Fit In

Paul Chabot, a Republican, ran in the fall for Congress from a part of California’s Inland Empire that was once reliably Republican. That was the best way, he figured, to revive a community he remembered from his childhood as being safer, more prosperous, with better public schools and less liberal …

Mike Pence

Centrist Democrats begin pushing back against Bernie Sanders, liberal wing

The high-profile stars of the Democratic Party’s populist wing have steered the agenda their way on Capitol Hill this year, but the fight over the party’s direction is far from settled.<p>As the party faces great expectations of big gains in the 2018 midterm elections, Democratic centrists are …

Bernie Sanders

Irresistible

Georgia’s Karen Handel pins another defeat on the anti-Trump left.<p>Last night viewers of cable news were the first to learn that Republican Karen Handel had defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the special election to fill a U.S. House seat in Georgia. Long before any news outlet formally declared Ms. …

Karen Handel

Snapchat survey shows that distrust in the media is not so simple

<i>By</i> <i>Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud</i><i>, director at the Engaging News Project (University of Texas at Austin) and</i> <i>Luz Gomez</i><i>, director of research at Knight</i> …

Snapchat

Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia

Why liberal conspiracy theories are flourishing in the age of Trump.<p>President Donald Trump is about to resign as a result of the Russia scandal. Bernie Sanders and Sean Hannity are Russian agents. The Russians have paid off House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz to the tune of $10 million, using …

Democratic Party

The DNC’s elephant in the room: Dems have a problem — it’s not Donald Trump

It’s time for the DNC to stop blaming Trump and the GOP for their own credibility issues<p>The election of Donald Trump offered the Democratic Party a huge gift. Coming off of a highly contentious election and a series of party scandals, the public came together in a massive effort to protest and …

Elections

Trump Hasn’t Diminished America’s Faith In Elections, But He Has Polarized It

Pick a random person out of the phone book, and there’s a better chance he or she will get struck by lightning than commit voter fraud. That didn’t …

Elections

Polls: Majority support missile strikes against Syria

A trio of polls out Monday show that a majority of Americans support President Donald Trump’s decision to launch missile strikes last week against the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.<p>Fifty-seven percent of Americans surveyed by CBS News and 51 percent of respondents to an ABC News/Washington …

Elections

Young Americans: Most see Trump as illegitimate president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers.<p>"You can't be saying that (if) you're the president," says Anderson, a 21-year-old student from …

Elections

Layout Cheat Sheet for Infographics : Visual arrangement tips

This is part of our series on infographic design. Check out the other posts here!Good visual arrangement for infographics is putting together graphic …

Infographics

Cadillac Ad Tries to Bridge Nation’s Chasm, Without Falling In

Can a luxury auto ad help bridge the deep political chasm in America — and, while it’s at it, sell cars?<p>General Motors’ Cadillac division is about to find out.<p>On Sunday, its new advertising campaign will make its debut during the Oscars broadcast on ABC, which is, after the Super Bowl, the biggest …

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