While President Trump appears to have popularized its use, the deploying of contempt against political opponents is nothing new, write Kyle Mattes, David P. Redlawsk, and Ira J. Roseman. In new research, they find that contempt played a major role in two 2014 midterm Senate elections, with voters both perceiving it from campaign messaging, and being less likely to […]
Challenging people’s political views and values makes them think even harder and produce better arguments to defend themselves
To many, American politics and society seem more polarized than they have ever been. Why, then do people cling so tightly to their values, identities and attitudes? In new research, Cengiz Erisen, David P. Redlawsk, and Elif Erisen looked at the effects of presenting people with information that conflicted or refuted their own ideologies. They found that far from […]
Donald Trump’s presidential election victory earlier this month stunned much of the media and political science community. But how could he have won despite his chances being written off by so many? To explore the answer to this question, David P. Redlawsk takes us back in time to the Iowa Caucus of August last year, and describes a rally […]
With more explicit forms of racism having declined in recent decades, the implicit racial attitudes of how people feel about policies designed to help minorities, or ‘symbolic racism’, has begun to gain attention. But how do these forms of more implicit racism affect how minority political candidates are evaluated by voters? Using national election surveys carried out in 2012, […]
New polls show that Bridgegate has washed away almost all of Chris Christie’s post-Sandy political capital.
With New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s ‘Bridgegate’ scandal now in its third week, Ashley Koning and David Redlawsk take a close look at how Christie’s state and national poll numbers have been affected. Using the latest data from the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, they argue that although Christie’s approval rating stands at 53 percent, this needs to be seen in the context […]
Bridgegate puts Chris Christie’s political future in troubled water by shifting perceptions of him from the “bully on your side” to just a plain bully.
At the start of last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was seen by many as the Republican Party’s likely candidate for the 2016 Presidential election. Now, with the unfolding of the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal any hopes he may have had for 2016 may be in tatters. David Redlawsk and Ashley Koning take a look at why the scandal matters for […]
Chris Christie’s post Hurricane Sandy transformation from bully to bipartisan hero has all but guaranteed a landslide reelection and a potential 2016 presidential run.
As voters head to the polls in today’s gubernatorial election in New Jersey, the current Governor, Republican Chris Christie, holds a near 30-point lead over his Democratic rival, State Senator Barbara Buono. Ashley Koning and David Redlawsk look at how his reaction to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy has enabled Christie to stage a dramatic comeback after a first term mainly fraught […]
Polls, media, and polarization have made New Jersey’s Special Senate Election between Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan a must-watch
This week, New Jersey goes to the polls in a Senate vacancy election. While the Democratic candidate, Cory Booker is ahead, his path to what has been seen as a likely victory has been far from smooth, write Ashley Koning and David Redlawsk. They argue that because of an over-emphasis on individual polls driven by the media, the newly focused […]
Gender stereotypes mean that voters look for more information on women candidates’ competence than they do for men.
Women are still massively underrepresented in public office, with less than a quarter of the House and Senate made up by women. But what role do gender stereotypes play in voters’ consideration of female candidates? Using experimental studies, Tessa Ditonto, Allison Hamilton and David Redlawsk tested what information about candidates voters searched for during presidential campaigns. They found that not […]