Focus on Political Science
By BRUCE BARTLETT,
Posted: November 29, 2011
A November 21 study from Farleigh Dickinson University ranked news organizations based on the knowledge of their viewers/listeners/readers on current events. NPR listeners ranked first with Fox News viewers ranking last.
On November 21, the Center for American Progress published a study on fundamental political trends affecting the 2012 election. Republicans will benefit from the economy’s weakness, but Democrats benefit from the rising number of Hispanics in the electorate.
A November 15 Harris poll found that negative opinions of both parties in Congress are widespread.
In a November 13 episode, the news program “60 Minutes” revealed that many members of Congress routinely use inside information to make money in the stock market.
In a November 10 commentary, Dartmouth political scientist Brendan Nyhan examined the role of ideology in predicting the outcome of presidential races. He finds that it matters less than political forecasters believe.
A November 10 Gallup poll found sharply declining support for the Republican presidential candidate among political independents, and rising support for re-electing Barack Obama. It also found that Obama enjoys less support among Democrats than the Republican candidate has among Republicans.
In a November 10 commentary, political scientist Alan Abramowitz said that political forecasters are underestimating the value of incumbency in evaluating Barack Obama’s re-election prospects.
A November 7 Gallup poll found that the Democratic Party today is more liberal and less white than it was in 2008.
I last posted items on this topic on November 4.
Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He
and writes a
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