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    Partisanship now trumps political parties’ ownership of issues among voters, except among independents

Partisanship now trumps political parties’ ownership of issues among voters, except among independents

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Throughout recent US political history, certain issues have been considered to be “owned” by either party, such as national defense for the Republican Party and healthcare and the environment for the Democratic Party. But what does the rise of partisan polarization mean for the importance of issue ownership by the parties?  In new survey research, Jamie M. Wright, Scott […]

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    How ambiguity on healthcare may have cost Kamala Harris in the 2020 Democratic Primary

How ambiguity on healthcare may have cost Kamala Harris in the 2020 Democratic Primary

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For many political candidates, ambiguity can be a way to appeal to a larger number of voters. During the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, it was suggested that now Vice President, Kamala Harris, had been ambiguous on her stance on private healthcare insurance. In new research using survey data, Elizabeth N. Simas investigates whether this ambiguity affected Harris’ popularity. She […]

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