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Forget Tuesday's Elections: A Survey Experiment Shows How Much the Government Shutdown Hurt Republicans

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

Focusing on how the handling of the shutdown affected, or did not affect, the vote this week ignores a more potent way in which it is impacting Republicans: making voters less likely to be Republicans in the first place.

Is Chris Christie a Shoo-In for Re-election?

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

Pre-election measurements strongly favor Gov. Christie's re-election despite that party ID favors his opponent in a state which has trended Democratic for 30 years, and which Christie won with less than 50 percent of the vote in 2009.

Don't Shoot -- Organize!

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There is an alternative to force, blood, and suffering. It's called democracy. Yes, there is plenty of injustice, greed and sheer wickedness. But don't mourn the fact -- organize.

Parsing Public Opinion on Drone Warfare

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

For now, at least, a clear majority of voters endorses fighting by drones. But there is more to it, and therefore possibly less to voters' approval rating of drone warfare, than meets the eye.

Dirty Little Secrets of Chris Christie: It's Not the Personality, Numb Nuts

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

Forget his personality. Those pesky voters ultimately want to know what you are planning to do in that public office to alleviate their perennial misery. In this sense, Christie's conservative message is the right kind at the right time: fiscal.

Dirty Little Secrets of Chris Christie: Feel the Zeitgeist, Baby!

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

Christie jumped on each news story, using it as further evidence that the legislature couldn't be trusted with taxpayer's money. With no one trying to defend the indefensible, Christie's had an appreciative audience to himself.

Fox News Does Not Make You Dumb: Researchers Respond to Critics

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 07.15.2012 | Media
Peter J. Woolley

NPR and Jon Stewart's Daily Show came out on top as the most informative, making the schadenfreude all the more delicious for Fox-haters, and the twisting of the liberal knife-in-the-back all the more painful for Fox fans. But how did it come to that?