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Voter Demographics

Trump's Support Isn't Just From Old, Racist White Guys

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The prototypical Trump backer is a poorly educated, slob of a blue collar white male worker or farmer in the backwoods of the Deep South or Midwest who alternately fears and loathes Blacks, Hispanics, gays, liberals of all stripes, Obama, and big government. This is a dangerous, and self-serving myth.

For GOP Demographics Are a Concern, But the Party Has a Bigger Problem

Matthew Schoenfeld | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Matthew Schoenfeld

Alarmists draw fear from the fact that Mr. Romney won 59 percent of the white vote and still couldn't win the election; but they lose the forest in the trees.

Can Eric Cantor Redeem The Republican Party?

The New Yorker | RYAN LIZZA | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has often shown a willingness to compromise, but for more than two years he has been stymied by a small and un...

America's Word Of The Year: 'Demographics'

Stampp Corbin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stampp Corbin

Demographics are the characteristics of a population. That's what a presidential candidate needs to fundamentally understand to win votes. When only white people voted, then only white people mattered. But just like fall foliage, Americans demographics are changing colors.

The Election One Month Later: Barack Obama and the Politics of Realignment

Jerome Karabel | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

Forty four percent of all Democratic votes come from minorities, compared to just 11 percent of Republican votes. With the minority vote destined to play an ever-growing role in American politics, the "Southern strategy"­ -- the foundation of Republican dominance for the quarter century between 1968 and 1992 -- ­is dead.

Why Gridlock Is Good (If You're a Progressive)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Gridlock is the political equivalent of a medically induced coma. Basic life functions continue while a critical disease runs its course. Being in a coma isn't good for anyone, but when the disease is worse, a coma may be the only way to return to health.

The New Evangelical Agenda

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The ironic and tragic thing about the religious right is how little of their own agenda they have achieved. By voting for a conservative ideological agenda, they have actually hurt the poor, resisted immigration reform and promoted endless wars. There is a new evangelical agenda for a new evangelical demographic.

Can You See It Now?

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

By 2042, people of color are expected to make up a majority of America. One thing is certain: No party that wants to be successful will ever again focus its appeals on a narrow slice of the white electorate.

Could 2012 Be the (Secret) Tipping Point Election?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

In this presidential election, for almost the first time, a squeaker could benefit progressives

Changing Demographics Painting GOP Into a Corner

Byron Williams | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

It is understandable that a political party focuses on the immediacy of the upcoming election. But the Republican Party has taken its eye completely off the future.

Is Wisconsin Now a Purple State?

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Does Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election mean that Wisconsin is now in play in the November presidential election? Short answer is no, for two reasons.

Emily Swanson

Feingold: Victim Of The Wave Or Local Demographics? | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The 2010 elections undoubtedly represented a wave. Republicans gained at least six Senate seats and at least 60 house seats. However, not every Democr...

Moses Just Phoned In From the Great Beyond: "Yes, it's a Sea Change, and a Mandate!"

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

There's talk on conservative radio that Obama earned no mandate. Obama, now with 364 electoral votes, would have won even without his giant prizes of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida.