At the end of March, Maryland’s State Legislature overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill which would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. While Hogan argued that the increase would hurt jobs and the economy in Maryland, Liam C. Malloy and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz disagree. They write that data from other states which have raised minimum […]
Past research has argued that over the last 30 years, the United States has become much more geographically polarized. Democrats and Republicans, the argument goes, are moving to different locations, creating a society in which voters are unlikely to know anyone who has an alternative perspective on politics. But how much have Americans really polarized over the last 30 […]
Antipathy toward undocumented immigrants risks fracturing support for social welfare among Democrats.
One of the few social issues where agreement crosses party lines is the unpopularity of undocumented immigrants. Laura S. Hussey and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz argue that while Republicans tend to be against social welfare programs regardless of the recipients, Democrats’ support for such programs depends on their feelings about the groups that will benefit. They find that Democrats with the most […]