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.
Passive dissatisfaction is the order of the day, rather than an active, energized one that brings many voters to the polls. That may be why the polls in so many hot Senate contests this fall aren’t moving much. But for most Americans, the new harsher economic reality may temper the “throw the bums out” mentality.
Americans are lagging indicators when it comes to economic improvement, slow to see positive news and often worried that there will be backsliding. Today’s disappointing jobs report, with fewer jobs gained than expected, will underscore the pessimism in the polls.
The September issue of AEI’s Political Report looks at the racial differences in opinion on race relations, the police response to the shooting and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Mo., the Common Core, the border crisis, and pre-midterm election issues.
Let’s step back for a moment to look at black and white attitudes before the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Understanding the history of attitudes towards the criminal justice system and the police sheds light on views today.
The mainstream media's coverage of the recent NASCAR tragedy highlights their persistent negative bias against the sport while unfairly maligning both three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, whose car hit an on-foot Ward, and auto racing as a whole.
As the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation from the presidency approaches, it is worth taking another look at polls from the summer of 1974, as they provide some clues about current dissatisfaction with Washington.