New Washington Post-UMD Poll Iteration Describes Tight MD Senate Race; Governor's Strong Approval Ratings
The newest iteration of the jointly operated poll conducted by the Washington Post and the Center for American Politics and Citizenship was released this past Tuesday and it had significant insight into the current race for the Senate seat vacated by Senator Barbara Mikulski. The poll showed Edwards leading Van Hollen 44-40 a number that, being within the margin of error, indicates a near statistical dead heat. The poll also shows a sharp racial divide in terms of voter support with African American voters supporting Edwards by a 3 to 1 margin and white voters supporting Van Hollen by a 2 to 1 margin.
How Closely Does Iowa Resemble the U.S.? An Interview With Dr. Hanmer Discussing the Upcoming Iowa Caucuses
As the nation's political attention turns toward primary elections, Professor Michael Hanmer and other experts like GVPT undergraduate alumn Dr. Andrew Reeves of Washington University in Saint Louis, answer questions from Wallethub.com about the Iowa caucuses and other interesting information related to the upcoming primary elections.
You can view Professor Hanmer's interview here.
The full story and interviews with multiple experts is also available here.
Director of CAPC, Dr. Stella Rouse, was recently asked to weigh in on the final Democratic Debate before the 2016 Iowa Caucuses in an article for NBC News. Professor Rouse, alongside Alfonso Aguilar, Dr. Stephen A. Nuño, and Dr. Marcela García-Castañon, spoke to the differences in the candidates' appeals to Latino voters, how their positions on hot-button issues such as immigration, race in American politics, and perceptions of "electability" for both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders.
Charlie Hunt, graduate assistant for the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, recently wrote a report detailing statewide public opinion on the issue of money in politics.
"Record-breaking trends in political spending are widely expected to continue in the 2016 election cycle, largely prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC (2010)...With an issue as politically charged as campaign finance, it seems appropriate, and even obvious, that the public have their views on the issue heard and understood across multiple demographic and partisan dimensions." states Hunt.
The New York Times' Coverage of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's varied successes during 2015 had drew from the results of the Washington Post-UMD Poll, conducted jointly with the Washington Post and the Center for American Politics and Citizenship.
The article, "One Governor's Extraordinary Year," spoke specifically about the Governor's approval ratings being anomalous as a Republican governor in a historically Democratic stronghold.
Rep. John Sarbanes (D–Md. 3rd), former Congressional representatives Connie Morella (R–Md. 8th) and Tom McMillen (D–Md. 4th), and Adam Dubitsky, policy director to Gov. Larry Hogan, headlined a discussion about the seemingly uncontrolled influence of money in our political system.
The panel examined ways in which elections can be taken away from the monopoly of special interests and given back to the citizens. Rep. Sarbanes said Members of Congress today spend more than half their time raising money, coming at the expense of constituency-related activities.