Focus on Political Science

Focus on Political Science

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A June 20 poll by The Hill newspaper found that 72 percent of voters believe the U.S. is involved militarily in too many places.

In a June 20 commentary, pollster Nate Silver found that polls are suggesting that Americans have become more libertarian in recent years.

A June 20 Pew poll found that Americans are almost equally divided on whether the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution according to its original meaning or in terms of its contemporary meaning.

A June 16 Pew poll found a sharp decline in Republican support for activism in world affairs.

On June 14, the Washington Post created a scorecard to allow readers to follow the congressional redistricting debate in the states.

A June 13 Economist/YouGov poll found a large generational divide on the issue of marijuana.

A June 7 Rasmussen poll found that voters view Republicans and Democrats in Congress as about equally extreme (outside the mainstream), ideologically.

In a June 7 commentary, political scientists Jeffery Jenkins and Nathan Monroe explained why there are so few centrists in Congress. In essence, they are bought off. (They discuss their thesis in more detail in a May 19 academic paper.)

A March 15 working paper by University of California, San Diego, political scientist J. Lawrence Broz found that right-of-center governments are more likely to adopt policies that precipitate a financial crisis.

I last posted items on this topic on June 7.

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 at 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 the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006).


Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.