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May 17, 2013 9:00 AM How Persuadable Are Voters?

Political candidates often believe they must focus their campaign efforts on a small number of swing voters open for ideological change. Based on the wisdom of opinion polls, this might seem like a good idea. But do most voters really...

By John Sides

April 24, 2013 9:00 AM How Constituent Contact Can Matter: The Michigan Anti-Bullying Bill

Does contacting one’s legislator influence public policy? We answer this question with a field experiment in which Michigan state legislators are randomly assigned to be contacted by their constituents about a specific bill. The field experimental design allows us to...

By John Sides

April 23, 2013 11:50 AM Why Do GOP Politicians Think Their Constituents Are More Conservative Than They Really Are?

Jeremy Fox points us to a paper by David Broockman and Christopher Skovron, who look at legislators’s perceptions of their constituents and compare to estimates of the the actual issue attitudes of people living in their districts. Broockman and Christopher...

By Andrew Gelman

April 07, 2013 11:15 AM Gerrymandering Really Isn’t a Big Deal

Noam Scheiber has a recent piece about the Republican party that makes two points.  The first is that Republicans in Congress—especially the House of Representatives—are more out of touch with mainstream political opinion than their Democratic counterparts, and have grown...

By Eric McGhee

March 21, 2013 12:51 PM Does Congress Have a Conservative Bias on Gay Rights Issues?

Justice Scalia argued in his dissent in Romer that: This Court has no business imposing upon all Americans the resolution favored by the elite class from which the Members of this institution are selected This fits a more broadly held...

By Erik Voeten