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Questions relating to political parties: groupings of individuals who act together to contest elections, and hold power in the government.

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How do members of extremely large political bodies 'learn the ropes'?

The classic example is the New Hampshire State House, which is (in)famous for having an large number of members with a fairly high turnover rate, many of whom completely lack political experience and ...
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What prevents somebody with principles that do not align with a major US party from running for election their platform?

In the United States, because of the two party system, it is infeasible for somebody who isn’t an incumbent president to win an election without being part of either the Democratic or Republican Party....
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How to split vote-based funding in the case of multi-party electoral lists?

In designing a system of public funding for political parties, I want part of this funding to reward electoral performance. In order to avoid fairly reward each party, the amount of funding is based ...
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In open-list voting systems, how do political parties ensure their leaders (and key figures) get elected?

In open-list voting systems, voters are free to select any candidate they prefer on the party list. The number of votes each candidate receives determines their rank within the list, and the higher ...
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What does “bipartisan support” mean in the United States?

Is there a definition of "bipartisan support"? For the Senate in the US, when can you claim a bill was supported/passed by bipartisanship, and when you can't claim thus?
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Does Mexico hold primary elections?

If so, are they held by all national parties? For executive and legislators? And are party non-officials eligible to vote? If so, only members or open? Note: Question is inspired by the nominating ...
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Why isn't there a bigger presence of 3rd parties in the US Senate or House of Representatives?

Many people say that voting for a 3rd party in a presidential election is pointless. And under the rules, this is pretty true as it is a winner takes all system. The Senate and House of ...
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Do Americans want to abolish the two-party system? If no, why not? If yes, why do they take actions that only strengthen it? [closed]

Most countries have figured out that a two-party system is pretty inefficient. One could write a book or two about why this is so, but suffice it to say that a two-party system is too coarse to ...
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Has politics always been so polarized?

Looking at American politics, it seems like there is a tremendous animosity between people with different political leanings. Was it always this polarized? If not, when did this trend begin and why? *...
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Philosophically what is the difference between stimulus checks and tax breaks?

For example, Republicans are for tax cuts, and Democrats are against them. On the other hand, Democrats are for stimulus checks and Republicans against. But the net effect of both seems to be the same,...
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In the US, have COVID deaths been evenly distributed among registered party voters?

In the US, have COVID-19 deaths been evenly distributed among registered party voters? That is, early in 2020 the blue states were the first to suffer. Later in 2020, the red states are suffering. ...
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Do far-right parties get a disproportionate amount of media coverage, and why?

Anecdotally speaking, it feels like the following parties get a disproportionate amount of media coverage (where "disproportionate" merely means large compared to the proportion of the vote ...
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Why did the FvD board opt for suspending former leader Baudet, rather than letting him run in a board approved leadership election?

Over the past few days, the Dutch party Forum voor Democratie (FvD) has been in the news a lot. Thierry Baudet's Dutch Wikipedia page describes the events of the past few days as follows: Op 23 ...
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Will the demographic inversion between Democrats and Republican reverse post-Trump? [closed]

Party demographic inversions are not uncommon, i.e. when the demographics that make up a party or the ideology of the party invert. It was not long ago that southern states tended to vote Democrat ...
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Why are rural counties more likely to vote Republican? [duplicate]

In most states, the counties around big cities are voting Democrat while the rural counties are voting Republican. Why is this?
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Why are Democrats more likely to vote by mail than Republicans?

What reason explains why Democrats are more likely to mail in their ballots?
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What are the main arguments by proponents of the American two party system? [duplicate]

Q: What are the main arguments by proponents of the American two party system as opposed to a multi-party system in other federated countries like for example Germany? Note: The answers in the ...
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Are small parties wasted votes? [closed]

Why are there parties other than the Democratic and Republican ones? I understand their existences, but aren't they basically just taking away votes from Biden at this point? Why would anyone vote ...
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Is ticket splitting among nonwhite Democratic voters particularly uncommon?

Ticket splitting (the practice of voting for both major parties) has been on the decline for a while. This has been measured in split-ticket House districts, which hit a near all-time low in 2012 and ...
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Did the connection of party and ideology lead to red states and blue states becoming a thing?

I was reading about history and politics. Ideology and party were not closely related. This is pretty hard to imagine but it was true. People from the other party would occasionally cross over to vote ...
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Why are masks a political topic in the US?

Why has coronavirus become such a political topic? What I mean by this - why are things such as mask wearing so political? Shouldn't we know whether or not wearing masks work? Why does the answer to ...
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How could I build a political system immune to gerrymandering yet still giving local representation?

For a hypothetical world, how can I build a political system in which: People are represented by someone local to them. And: The number of representatives elected representing a movement in total ...
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The politicization of the supreme court

It seems that both the Republican and Democratic parties look at the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice as a political move. Optimally, a judge has no part in politics. Their personal opinion ...
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Are there any examples of multicultural mass democracies which don't have ethnic-based party politics?

In the USA, it seems increasingly like the Republican Party is becoming the "White Party" and becoming a vehicle for soft White nationalism, or at least White grievance politics, while the ...
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What is the perception of European parties in the US?

I wonder whether the average American has an idea of how the Republican and Democratic party are ordered on the political spectrum in comparison to other major parties in the West. Take e.g. Germany. ...
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What explains this difference in partisanship with statewide black officials? [closed]

I was looking at the partisanship of black Americans today. The first one really stood out to me. I found this bizarre. Look: Position % Democratic Statewide ...
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Do primary vote totals tend to indicate the winner in the general election for US Senate?

In June, the Democratic Party won the primary vote in Georgia by ~9 percentage points, 1.19 million to 0.99 million. Do Senate primary vote totals where both sides are having competitive primaries ...
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Why do black Americans vote for third parties even less than other Americans?

I was reading through an exit poll, and I found that only 3-4% of Black American voters voted 3rd party in the 2016 election. 6% of American voters voted 3rd party and polls indicate that that number ...
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Why didn't Fumio Kishida and Shigeru Ishiba give up in the LDP leadership election?

Most of candidates was declined, like Tarō Asō and Tomomi Inada. Why Kishida and Ishiba wasn't declined? It is because of the rule of Liberal-Democratic Party, or other candidates gave up?
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Why is ideology not strongly associated with partisanship at the state level?

It is said that Democrats are the liberal party and Republicans are the conservative party. However, the correlation is a lot weaker at the state level. Examples: New Mexico was rated as more ...
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Where On The Political Spectrum Do The Old US Political Parties Fall

I'm not a poly-sci major so I need some help to figure out a seemingly simple thing. I've been given a list of presidents and have to do some data visualizing with them. There is a list of parties, ...
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Do black republican candidates increase Democratic turnout?

I was thinking about an interesting effect that I noticed in Mia Love's race. Out of 2018's Utah House races, her district got the most votes for a Democrat in the state of Utah. (This may not be ...
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Was US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy “approved by both parties”? To what extent can the board's voting be established as bipartisan?

In the video Trump says he would support investigation into postmaster general the US President emphasizes that the current US Postmaster General namely Louis DeJoy was "appointed by a bipartisan ...
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Why do veterans skew right in the US?

I know the military is supposed to be apolitical to a certain degree. But I have found a Pew poll saying that military veterans lean right. This is more pronounced when comparing younger vets to ...
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Why are Democrats more consistent across generation?

I was reading an article in the Pew Research Center. It was talking about generational change. For example, it showed a large increase in Gen Z Republicans saying blacks can't get ahead of whites ...
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How has the US Movement for a People's Party engaged with existing parties?

Over the past several years, a "Movement for a People's Party" has gained some traction in the US. As it seems to be a popular-front-type initiative, its attitude towards existing non-...
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Did the two major parties switch their ideology position relatively sometime in 20th century? [duplicate]

I have heard that probably sometime in the 20th century, the two major political parties of US switched their ideology position relatively. Is that true? To these days, some politicians of the ...
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Have any UK party leaders other than Sir Ed Davey been elected after previously losing a leadership contest?

Today, August 27th, Sir Ed Davey triumphed over competitors to become the leader of the Liberal Democrats after the position was vacated by Jo Swinson due to her failure to retain her Westminster seat ...
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Are Americans with strong ideological views less likely to be independent?

I asked another question that sounds similar. I was thinking about political independents. I was wondering if they are less likely to have strong views on issues. This would make sense because ...
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Is ideological sorting unevenly distributed geographically?

I was thinking about whether or not ideological sorting is geographically uneven. This was shown when someone said California is more Democratic but Vermont is more Liberal. The Washington Post wrote ...
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Are politically engaged Americans less likely to identify as independents?

I feel like politically engaged Americans are less likely to identify as independent. This is because parties actually sort of stand for something in a way that they didn't so much 30 years ago. Is ...
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Why do Black voters in the USA not vote Republican? [duplicate]

This research by the Pew Institute breaks down demographic voting data from the 2016 election. Pew found that Hillary Clinton (Democrat) won Black voters by an 80% margin (88% to 8%). Is there any ...
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What are the positions of the main Latvian parties on Latvian Special Economic Zones?

I recently discovered that Latvia has five Special Economic Zones (SEZs) which have the purpose of assisting regional development by bringing in more foreign direct investment (FDI) and creating more ...
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Has US politics become a strong two-party system?

The United States has had two political parties for a while. But they have not become ideological bodies until about 1992 to 2010. Let's look at the definitions of strong and weak parties: I feel ...
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Why don't parties run primary elections instead of the government? [duplicate]

Why does the government run primary elections instead of the parties?
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Partisan identification in the US, polls only weakly correlated to voter registration

This article by Nate Cohn says: Among those characterized as Democrats based on party registration or primary vote history, 69 percent identified as Democrats in the poll; similarly, 65 percent of ...
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Why are the 2 US political parties called Republicans and Democrats?

Why are the 2 main parties in the United States called the Democrats and the Republicans? The US is both a democracy and a republic, and neither party's platforms seem to be built around the ...
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Has a former UK party leader ever been expelled from their own party?

According to unverified claims from a Jewish Telegraph journalist on Twitter in July, Jeremy Corbyn, former leader of the Labour Party, faces having the whip withdrawn by the new Labour leadership, ...
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How many times have the two US parties switched sides?

Every now and then, a question like this one gets answered by an explanation of the Southern Strategy. Now, I recently saw a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln saying that the Democrats of his day ...
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Acquiring list of mayors from every city in USA

Hopefully this question isn't off-topic. I've been trying to locate a comprehensive list of every mayor currently in office within the United States and I'm not finding much other than junk like "...

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