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The Dinner Party

Imagine yourself at a dinner party, sitting at the table chatting about a recent Netflix binge, the hot weather, or the latest cell phone technology. Then, the discussion shifts to a controversial political topic. Do you withdraw, or express your beliefs?

Young people do not vote. Why?

On July 1, 1971 the 26th Amendment passed. This lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, adding nearly 11 million potential voters to the electorate. The 1972 presidential election remains the highest ever recorded turnout for youth voters. Why?

A Vigorous and Strong Democracy?

In my last post, I examined increases in voter turnout and concluded that American democracy appeared strong and vigorous.  Critics, however, dispute this claim by comparing U.S. voter turnout to other developed countries.  The comparison typically draws a much less favorable portrait of American democracy.    So let’s consider that comparison.  Voter turnout by countryContinue reading “A Vigorous and Strong Democracy?”

Evaluating Democracy by Voter Turnout

As we edge closer to the fall elections, let’s consider this question: What will voter turnout be in November? The answer offers important clues about the quality of elections and the health of our democracy.

Victory in November?

Lately, I have read and watched a surprising number of Democratic elites – politicians, pollsters, pundits and media folk – confidently promise victory.       The narrative goes something like this.    November marks the end of Donald Trump’s four-year reign.  Joe Biden needs only to select a running mate, receive formal nomination, and run aContinue reading “Victory in November?”

The Impact of Age

Last week, Florida released a comprehensive report that summarizes many key Covid-19 statistics – including the number of hospitalizations.[i]  Since the beginning of the pandemic, state hospitalization figures have been difficult to locate – some do not release the numbers.   Let’s take a look at some of the key findings from Florida.     FloridaContinue reading “The Impact of Age”

Is There A Silent Majority?

In the late 1960s, President Nixon popularized the term silent majority.  Nixon defined the silent majority as mainstream Americans who did not join protests against the Vietnam War nor participate in public discourse.  Preoccupied with a vocal minority, the news media overlooked the silent majority.     President Trump believes there is a silent majority asContinue reading “Is There A Silent Majority?”

The Democrats are United

In the last post, analyses of presidential approval ratings revealed two Republican factions.  A large group that strongly approved of President Trump and a smaller group that offered moderate support.  What about the Democratic Party.  Are they united? Or, are there divisions that Republicans could exploit? Disapproval of Trump Recall the presidential approval question:  “DoContinue reading “The Democrats are United”

Republican Approval of Trump: Not as High as You Think

President Trump often celebrates extraordinary high approval ratings from Republicans.  Just this week, Trump wrote, “96% approval rating in the Republican Party.  Thank you!”  Political analysts attribute the high approval to Trump’s laser-like focus on the Republican base.  Over the past 3 and half years, Trump advanced business friendly deregulation policies, significant tax-cuts, appointment ofContinue reading “Republican Approval of Trump: Not as High as You Think”

Will protestors vote?

After witnessing several weeks of protests – and sometimes violent clashes with police, I am curious whether that energy translates into votes.  Most protestors are in their late teens and 20s, an age that typically does not show well on Election Day.  Will summer protests deliver young voters in November?     Young protesters vote TheContinue reading “Will protestors vote?”

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