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Covering a political story today? Here’s the latest from AEI’s political corner experts.

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In today’s celebrity culture, the rich and the royal seem endlessly fascinating. But in our political culture, the middle class has received the most attention of late—and with good reason.

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The March issue of AEI’s Political Report examines how Americans define “middle class” in terms of income and lifestyle, who identifies as belonging in the middle class, what economic challenges this class faces, and who Americans think best helps the middle class overcome those challenges.

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Immigration is supposed to be a bitterly divisive topic for Republicans. Yet a very narrow range of opinion separates the party’s leading presidential candidates, which is unfortunate for the country.

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Republicans think they have found a new weapon to use against President Obama: the charge that income inequality has risen on his watch. But they are likely to find that this weapon will be a dud.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker walks off the stage after speaking at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 2015. Reuters

Gov. Scott Walker may be a candidate with potential appeal to economic and cultural conservatives, a candidate who can bridge the divide — the critical divide in the 2012 Republican primaries — between the suburbs and the countryside.

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There are sharp differences between blacks and whites on most questions about the police, but the polls also point to areas of agreement.

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The February issue of AEI’s Political Report examines racial differences in opinion on the police at the national and community levels.

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In the 42 years since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade (1973), pollsters have asked hundreds of questions about abortion. Since that time, opinion on abortion has been very stable.

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President Barack Obama listens to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. while meeting with a congressional delegation aboard Air Force One en route to Knoxville, Tennessee, Jan. 9, 2015. Also attending, left to right, Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education; Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn; James Kvaal, Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and Rep. John "Jimmy" Duncan, R-Tenn. WhiteHouse.gov

In anticipation of the 2015 State of the Union address, the January issue of Political Report assesses public opinion on the state of the economy, the Obama presidency, and Congress.

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