Focus on Political Science
By BRUCE BARTLETT,
Posted: November 04, 2011
A November 3 Pew report found that younger voters have been trending more Democratic while older voters have been trending more Republican.
In a November 3 commentary, St. Louis University political scientist Joel Goldstein discussed the modern political role of the vice president.
A November 3 Quinnipiac poll found that people oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by a 2 to 1 margin.
A November 3 Democracy Corps poll found deep pessimism about the future of the middle class.
In a November 2 commentary, Vanderbilt political scientist Larry Bartels argued that Obama’s reelection depends on the extent to which voters remember how terrible the circumstances were that he inherited in 2009.
An October 31 Gallup poll found that the bulk of very religious white people are Republicans.
On October 30, Yale economist Ray Fair published new calculations of the 2012 election based on his political-economic model. It shows that the odds of Obama being re-elected have fallen sharply over the past year and are now no better than 50 percent.
On October 28, Gallup published a report examining the changing composition of the Republican electorate since 2008.
An October 28 Kaiser poll found that people believe that politicians are paying too much attention to the war in Afghanistan, taxes, and health care reform, and too little attention to the economy and jobs, Social Security, and the national debt.
An October 26 YouGov poll found that that 38 percent of people believe the Patriot Act is necessary to defeat terrorism, but 45 percent of people believe it goes too far and is a threat to civil liberties.
I last posted items on this topic on October 28.
Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column for The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including his new book: The Benefit and the Burden.