Focus on Political Science

Focus on Political Science

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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 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 .


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.