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New Edition of 
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Politics Watch
 A new monthly newsletter of the happenings and findings of AEI's Political Corner.  It is distributed free of charge.  You can download a PDF copy here.  

January edition (Vol. 1 No. 1) here

Attitudes about Social Security Reform
Compiled by Karlyn Bowman

This AEI Public Opinion study brings together public opinion polls from major pollsters on confidence in the Social Security system, whether the public views the situation as a crisis, and attitudes about personal retirement accounts and other reforms. It looks at polls on the politics of Social Security and on government's responsibility in the area. The study includes all of the latest polling data as well as important historical trends for comparative purposes.  PDF file here  

BRCA Works  
By Norm Ornstein

Campaign reform worked in 2004, as even sharp skeptic David Broder admitted recently. The parties, including the Democrats, thrived, small donors increased dramatically, and much of the corporate and union money, no longer subject to shakedown schemes by office-holders, stayed with the companies and unions, or went into their own voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts.
Full article here.  

Don't Expect to See Bush Dems in 109th Congress
By John Fortier

In the wake of Watergate, Democrats scored a huge victory in the congressional midterm elections, gaining 49 seats. Today, there are only nine current House members whose service predates that election, and, of the 70 freshman Democrats elected in 1974, only George Miller (Calif.), James Oberstar (Minn.) and Henry Waxman (Calif.) remain in the House.

Aside from the change in individuals, the composition of Congress has changed in significant ways that affect the way it operates. The geographical majority has shifted southwest, the solidly Democratic South has been transformed to a Republican region and the two political parties have become sharply polarized.   Full article here.  

Debate about Debates
Think you know what a filibuster is?  Think again!  AEI Resident Scholar Norm Ornstein and former Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Uath) have been engaging in a "debate about debates" in Roll Call regarding what exactly constitutes a filibuster and their historic use. For full exchange, see PDF file here.  

 


AEI Studies in Public Opinion


Attitudes About 
Social Security Reform
by Karlyn Bowman
Updated March 2005


America After 9/11: Public Opinion on the War on Terrorism and the War with Iraq
by Karlyn Bowman
Updated March 2005



Polls on
the Environment
by Karlyn Bowman
Updated January 2005


The Nostalgia Impulse
by Karlyn Bowman
Updated January 2005



Attitudes About 
Homosexuality and 
Gay Marriage
by Karlyn Bowman
Updated January 2005



The Politics of Compassion
by Karlyn Bowman
Released January 2005




"Broadening the Base: The Case for a New Federal Tax Credit for Political Contributions"
by David Rosenberg
with a foreward by Norman J. Ornstein
Released June 25, 2002

View Foreward and Executive Summary
View Report and Appendices


 

 

          


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