Placing Priority: How Issues Mattered More than Demographics in the 2016 Election

The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group has released two new reports exploring the views and values motivating the American electorate. As part of the Voter Study Group, the WG’s David Winston used a unique longitudinal dataset of 5,000 voters to explore which issues mattered most in 2016. Read the full report here or take a lookContinue reading “Placing Priority: How Issues Mattered More than Demographics in the 2016 Election”

Roll Call: “Issues Matter in Elections Even More Than You’d Think”

David Winston’s latest for Roll Call reviews the 2016 election and the importance of voter issue priorities: So what does this analysis show really happened in 2016? Trump won the issues that mattered. In the future, both political parties need to recognize that the electorate has a clear set of priorities. Issues matter — andContinue reading “Roll Call: “Issues Matter in Elections Even More Than You’d Think””

“Rock the Boat”: An analysis of the 2016 Presidential Election

What did voters tell Washington in 2016? They wanted to “rock the boat.” Read through our in-depth 2016 Post Election Analysis to find out how voters defined their choice, and what role deeper concerns over the direction of the country, the economy, and the political system played in that decision.

What Voters Want

From our 2014 post-election analysis: As a result of voter unhappiness not only about the economy but moving forward generally, people expect Republicans in Congress to focus their efforts on proposing and passing policies to improve the economy (71%). They didn’t vote for Republicans simply to be a check and balance on President Obama (23%)…Continue reading “What Voters Want”

No Matter What Party, This Was Voters’ #1 Issue in the 2014 Midterms

From our 2014 post-election analysis: As the 2014 campaign unfolded, the economy remained the number one issue. Our post-election survey showed that the top issue overwhelmingly was the economy/jobs, with no other issue coming close. This was true across ideology, party, race, age, gender – virtually any subgroup of the electorate you could define.  Continue reading “No Matter What Party, This Was Voters’ #1 Issue in the 2014 Midterms”

“Fix It” – An Analysis of the 2014 Midterm Elections

  In the 2014 midterm elections, what did voters tell Washington? “Fix it.” Read through our in-depth analysis to find out more about what voters want, who comprised the 2014 electorate, and what challenges and opportunities are ahead for both parties. Access the PDF here.