Jennifer K. Marsico is a senior research associate at AEI, working in the Political Corner. Her research focuses on elections and election reform, as well as government continuity issues. She is a visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She is also a contributor to the AEIdeas blog, and has also written for many outside print and online publications, including TheWall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Roll Call. Ms. Marsico serves as assistant director of the AEI-Brookings Continuity of Government Commission, and has contributed to recent studies on Supreme Court continuity, voter registration modernization, and civic participation in the digital age.
Tea Party supporters plan to rally at the Capitol on February 27 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their movement. How are they faring in terms of national popularity? Is the public in tune with the Tea Party?
Five years ago, the Tea Party movement was just getting off the ground. In the time since then, the Tea Party has had a significant effect on many elections and on Republican candidates’ campaigns in particular. AEI’s political team takes a comprehensive look at polls on national reactions to the Tea Party movement in a special compilation.
In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama addressed growing inequality, noting that the idea of getting ahead by working hard and taking responsibility had “suffered some serious blows.” Do Americans agree? In this issue of AEI’s Political Report, we examine the survey evidence on inequality.
How central is the issue of abortion for most Americans today? Judging from the enormous amount of press coverage the issue receives—especially on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, decided 41 years ago Wednesday, you might guess that the issue is a major one in most households. But that isn't the case.
As anticipation builds for President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 28, how does the public view the Obama presidency? The December tidings for the President were uniformly chilly. “Obama ends year on a low-note,” proclaimed the NBC News/Wall Journal pollsters in mid-December.
The abortion issue commands enormous media coverage in elections, in legislative actions, and in court decisions. Yet, as this comprehensive collection of polls from the 1970s to today shows, the attention does not seem to be moving the public opinion needle.
As anticipation builds for President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 28, how does the public view the Obama presidency? What do the longer trends on the Obama presidency look like? The editors of AEI’s January 2014 Political Report provide a comprehensive assessment of how views of Obama have changed in the past five years.
Fifty years ago, when Lyndon Johnson gave his first State of the Union address, in which he declared his historic “unconditional war on poverty,” his popularity was sky high (80 percent in an early January 1964 Gallup poll), and he led eventual Republican nominee Barry Goldwater by 75 to 18 percent in a January matchup. The poverty rate in the US was 19 percent. Today it is 15 percent.
Five years after the financial crisis and four years into a recovery, economic concerns remain at elevated levels. This issue of Political Report explores the many sources that contribute to today’s heightened sense of economic insecurity.