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How can I access exit polls by state for the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election?

Even though the 1984 presidential election was a landslide, and there's a national exit poll available, I want to see if there were any differences in exit polls by state. For example, an exit poll ...
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During Ronald Reagan's presidency, which industry sectors' workers tended to approve of him the most? And which ones disliked him the most?

Ronald Reagan had a lot of support nationwide during his presidency, but there were many people who opposed him as well. It seems like different industry types tend to favor a certain political ...
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During Ronald Reagan's presidency, were younger women generally more critical of him than older women were?

Ronald Reagan was popular nationwide during his presidency, and he seemed especially popular among men. Many women supported him too, but there were also a lot who opposed him. Even though Reagan won ...
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Have there ever been any programs or other efforts from Israel just to grant a citizenship for "safe" Gazans?

By "safe" I mean not dangerous: not willing to commit or support the war action against Israel and ready to integrate into society enough like knowing Hebrew. I understand that somebody ...
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Does the Far East has records of majoritarianism in its early history? [closed]

The Europe has a long history of majoritarianism voting from ancient Greek to medieval. However, I find no event of majority voting in East Asia. By "majoritarianism", I mean strictly the ...
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Why does the Islamic Republic of Iran view the US as its principal geopolitical adversary in the world?

No US administration has ever vowed to annihilate Iran. American citizens don't chant anti-Iranian slogans on the streets. Iranian flags aren't being burnt in America, and there's hardly any animosity ...
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Did a European country ever decide to not respect a ruling made by the ICJ?

Critics blasted these comments as hypocritical saying France’s recent recognition of an alleged genocide in Ukraine is politically motivated. Just last year, the French parliament voted with President ...
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Were only two hours allowed for general discussion in the Congress for the 22nd Amendment (two term restriction)?

I was trying to read the debates in the US about the term restriction for president and found that Congress had a "debate" on that on Feb. 6th, 1947. In the official records a remark by ...
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What factors have led the ANC to continue getting a majority of votes?

South Africa is due to have national elections this year. It is possible that the ANC will still get a majority of votes as they have in every other election since independence. But some have argued ...
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What sources imply that the office of President was deliberately excluded from the 14th amendment?

The Fourteenth Amendment, as passed by Congress and ratified by the states says: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any ...
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Which sections of Indian Independence Act 1947 were repealed in British Parliament, and why?

The Indian Independence Act 1947, was repealed by the respective constitutions of India and Pakistan in 1950 & 1956. The Parliament of the United Kingdom, never repealed it but according to the ...
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Is there precedent for a suspension of such a large number of MPs simultaneously?

India's parliament recently suspended over 140 opposition MPs for the remainder of the current session for causing ruckus. To quote BBC for details: The [opposition] alliance has 142 MPs in the 543-...
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Has there ever been a successful shift from a two-party system to a multi-party system in modern history?

The other day my friends and I gathered in the college dorm and expressed grievances about our electoral systems. Those from countries where one or two parties dominate the legislature were frustrated ...
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Are there any wars other than the 2023 Israel-Hamas War that are named after a country and a political party?

Background The 2023 Israel–Hamas war is referred to in the Western media as "the Israel-Hamas war". All Western commentators I've seen, including military experts, journalists, and political ...
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What is Antisemitism?

The U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism - From the Whitehouse, Joe Biden: Antisemitism threatens not only the Jewish community, but all Americans. … "Through this U.S. National ...
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Are there prior examples when a US president was strongly at odds with the grassroots of his party over a foreign policy issue?

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Nov 15: More than two-thirds of Americans support a ceasefire in Israel’s war on Gaza, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll whose results were released on ...
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When was the last/prior time a former PM served in another (non-PM) position in the UK government?

CNN: Sunak then announced he was bringing Cameron back to frontline politics as foreign secretary, in a stunning move that has few parallels in recent British political history. Cameron served as ...
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What does this 2009 Ukraine map actually depict?

Here is the section of the map from this answer, (that appeared in Pravda back in 2009): In this map, the normally expected territory of Ukraine is roughly divided into 2 parts, the right side (with ...
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Do American elections affect the level of US foreign support?

This question is motivated by the slowly approaching US elections and the current state of world affairs. There are various countries that now critically depend on US support (e.g. Ukraine, Israel). ...
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Is there any historical evidence of conventional (non-guerilla) warfare techniques defeating hybrid guerilla warfare cost-efficiently?

Pardon my lack of warfare jargon. Modernization of warfare in the last 3-4 centuries including the use of mobile artillery, tanks, mortars, etc., and relative/approximating implementation of the ...
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Has the downing of a spy airplane ever been a justifying ground for waging war or causing an escalation that might lead to war?

Both the cause of the collision and the assignment of blame were disputed. The U.S. government stated that the Chinese jet bumped the wing of the larger, slower, and less maneuverable EP-3. After ...
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To what was "victor's justice" used to refer to between 1971-1983 and 1991-2008?

In a comment on this answer the google ngram for "victor's justice" was shown, as a demonstration that the phrase was first used in reference to the Nuremberg trials. This appears true, as ...
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Why doesn't India claim this portion of Kashmir?

India claims the entirety of the territory of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of the princely state's Instrument of Accession, signed by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1947. ...
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Oriana Fallaci and Sheikh Mujib's interview [duplicate]

There is an interview between Oriana Fallaci and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and I am trying to find it. I'm doing research on it. If anyone has any information please help me.
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Why is radical pacifism so rare in Croatia? Why does almost nobody believe Franjo Tuđman did a good thing by not sending weapons to Vukovar?

Regarding Vukovar Massacre, as far as I can see, beliefs in Croatia range from the one expressed by BBC News at the time: Croat defenders of Vukovar later claimed that the town could have been saved ...
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Why and where is Mohamed Bazoum sitting down in a small, round, cold room next to a portrait of (a young) John F. Kennedy? Is the event identifiable?

DW News' July 31, 2023 video Niger warns against foreign interference as pro-coup protests turn violent after 02:22 shows what I think is file footage of Niger president Mohamed Bazoum, and I find the ...
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Total tax burden on the average American and how has it changed over the years

It is easy to find information on the average amount Americans pay in Federal taxes. It is little more difficult to find out state and local taxes. But we also have a plethora of other taxes, property ...
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Who gained more successes in Iran-Iraq war? [closed]

From the infobox of the Wikipedia article for the Iran-Iraq war: Result: Stalemate; both sides claim victory. Iraqi failure to capture Iranian territories and bolster Arab separatism in Iran's ...
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Did the USSR and other communist countries fund the hippie movement?

In comments of another SE Politics post, we can read that Russia funded leftist movements in the 70's. I believe if external influence there was, it would have started from political movements such as ...
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Has a bill ever failed a house of Congress unanimously?

Has a bill ever failed to pass in a house of Congress with zero votes in favor?
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What did Chief Justice Chase mean by "consent of the States" in Texas v. White (1869)?

In the 1869 case of Texas v. White, the US Supreme Court ruled that states did not have the constitutional right to unilaterally secede from the Union. Writing for the majority opinion, Chief Justice ...
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Was socialism popular on US college campuses around 1920?

I'm reading Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil! It is well-known that he was a socialist, and of course, the notion of socialism is a strong theme in his writing. In Oil!, a young man is enrolled in a ...
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Has any US president tried to reclaim office after he lost it?

Donald Trump has confidently declared himself the “45th and 47th” US president. While it´s not sure that he´ll become the next president or even a candidate, he defenetly want to run for office again. ...
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How did the adoption of compulsory voting in Australia impact the partisan balance there?

Compulsory voting was introduced in Australia: for state elections in Queensland in 1915, excluding Indigenous Australians. Victoria introduced compulsory voting in 1926, New South Wales and Tasmania ...
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Has Poland also ever tried to demand reparations from Slovakia?

Poland is demanding reparations from Germany and it even would like to demand reparations from Russia. Both countries have invaded Poland in 1939, but Germany and Russia (USSR) were not the only ...
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Has a majority of one political party in one house of Congress ever voted in opposition to the same party in the other house in the same Congress?

Has there ever been a case where a majority of a political party votes one way on some bill in the Senate but a different way on the same bill in the House of Representatives? For example, has a ...
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Why do the right claim that Hitler was left-wing? [closed]

This is taken from a speech by Adolf Hitler, April 12, 1921: There are only two possibilities in Germany; do not imagine that the people will forever go with the middle party, the party of ...
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Has the ICC ever ordered to arrest any Western or pro-Western politician?

Referring to this question, it appears as if the ICC is biased in favor of the West, since all the people it has punished were enemies of the West. But since crimes which can be prosecuted by the ICC ...
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How common is it for a country's main political parties to completely swap platforms (as occurred in the 20th-century United States)?

Background Since the late 1850s, the United States has had two major political parties, the Democratic and Republican parties. For most of the first half of this time - from the mid-19th century to ...
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What is the reason behind the positive Israel-Azerbaijan relations?

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations on on April 7, 1992, Azerbaijan and Israel have maintained positive relations despite their religious differences. Israel has been a major arms and ...
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Clear and concrete definition of "Third World" [duplicate]

Commonly, when I discuss with a pro-western American, or perhaps sometimes Europeans about an African Country I always hear this, "But it's third world" on investopedia.com "Third World&...
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What are the causes for partisan politics to have grown more severe then in the past, and how much is down to echo chambers? [duplicate]

From my, admittedly limited, knowledge of US history it seems that congress tended to be a bit less patrician in the past. Congressman were more likely to support bipartisan initiatives, more likely ...
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Did Soviet Union ever apologize for its alliance with Germany before 1941?

Inspired by the similar question about Poland. We all know what Soviet Union and Nazi Germany became deadly enemies, but this is after A. Hitler broke all agreements and invaded. Looks like before ...
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What do modern British people think about the decolonization of India in 1947? [closed]

Do British people think that PM Clement Attlee's decision to give independence to India was correct? If so, why? If not, why not?
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Why did members who wanted to raise a point of order during a division have to wear a top hat while talking in the House of Commons in the UK?

I read on https://notesfromtheuk.com/2019/07/05/hats-and-the-house-of-commons/: Anyone who wanted to raise a point of order during a division (which in the normal world would be called a vote) had to ...
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What is the current internationally accepted way of resisting an external power that invades a country?

As is common in modern history, the last few decades have seen superpowers and great powers invading sovereign countries in the Middle East, Africa, South America and Central Asia under various ...
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Did Boris Yeltsin regret his decision of choosing Putin as his successor?

In a PBS documentary, Putin's revenge, the following is said at around 10m15s by Strobe Talbott. Before Boris Yeltsin died, he told intimates that it was a great mistake to have selected Putin as a ...
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Why did the 72nd Congress' U.S. House session not meet until December 1931?

After the 1930 U.S. House of Representatives elections, newly elected members officially took office the following March but there was no active session of Congress until December 1931. Considering ...
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Is there any state-by-state data on approval for LBJ or the Vietnam War?

I cannot find any data on approval ratings for LBJ on a state by state level.
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Why are there only the Democratic party and the Republican party currently in the US?

I was looking at the history of the political parties, and I found out that John Adams was a member of the Federalist party, while his son John Quincy Adams was a member of Thomas Jefferson's ...
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