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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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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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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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Where do the democratic and republican matched animal logos come from?

The democrats are commonly represented by a donkey and the republicans by an elephant and there's many articles that will explain which cartoonist created the associations in the 1870s. What I haven't ...
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Who becomes Senate Majority Leader if no party controls an absolute majority of seats?

I'm curious about the implications of the fact that two senators in the 116th Congress are officially independent. However, on election maps, they sometimes show as Democrats because they caucus with ...
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Why do some political parties retain militant wings?

Many rebel groups have evolved and transitioned into political parties - in democracies and non-democracies. Some demilitarise (IRA, Tupamos, M19, Tupamaros, Farc), others do not (Hezbollah, Hamas, ...
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Who pays for national political conventions?

"There is certainly no money available from us for hosting this event," Cooper told reporters Thursday. (referring to hosting the RNC nominating convention) Nashville TN, Mayor Cooper said several ...
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Does the word party in the “Boston tea party” mean a literal party or a political party? [closed]

Did the term party already represent a political meaning at that time as a group of people, or was it just used as a celebration term?
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What is Blue and White's policy on the Arab rights in the (future) West Bank?

I'm interested in the Israeli party Blue and White's positions on the Palestinian freedom of movement Palestian freedom to vote to Knesset state subventions to Israeli settlements Do these positions ...
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What percentage of African-American Republicans are conservative?

I saw a Gallup article that says that 69% of Republicans overall identify as conservative. I am thinking about a small proportion of Republican voters which is a large proportion of Democratic voters: ...
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Is there any correlation between the effective number of political parties and democratic participation?

I'm aware of a number of surveys in the UK and the US based around voter apathy that have shown that one of the most common reasons stated for not voting is the lack of a political party that ...
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Has a candidate ever been nominated after losing their party's primary and then gone on to win the general election?

Tim Pool has theorized that Tara Reade's allegations against Joe Biden could be good news for the DNC; it provides an excuse for them to ditch Biden and run someone else in the general election. Has ...
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Why is there such a partisan divide on confidence in science in the US?

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center and published in February presents eight key findings on Americans’ confidence in science and their views on scientists’ role in society, drawn from a ...

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