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Are Republicans or Democrats currently more in line with public opinion? [closed]

Given their recent actions, I think it’s the Democratic Party. Their policies closely mirror the positions of public opinion in some prominent cases: 70% of americans want gun control. Democrats want ...
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How does having a Delegated convention vs One-Member-One-Vote change the results of a leadership convention for political parties?

Is one of the systems fairer? What is the purpose of these systems? For example, FPTP produces stable majorities whereas proportional representation represents voters better but leads to more ...
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What is the general political direction of the Ukranian "Holos" party?

The Ukrainian political party "Holos" is described as a "liberal" in its Wikipedia page. The only political positions I see stated about the party revolve around economic policies. ...
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Why didn't the totalitarian parties in the 20th century use the "big tent" strategy?

I see that ‘big tent’ or ‘catch-all’ parties are quite popular in modern politics. However, the autocrats of the past took the opposite view: Before we can unite, and in order that we may unite, we ...
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Why was the Socialist Party of Ukraine excluded from the Socialist International (in 2011)?

The SPU was once a real player in Ukrainian politics, but it last had sets in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) in 2006. They were excluded from the Socialist International in 2011, but the ...
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Has there been a reaction from the West's Left to Ukraine's suspending of some "socialist" political parties (for alleged ties to Russia)?

A few days ago Ukrainian government suspended 11 political parties with links to Russia(original order here), specifically: Opposition Platform - For Life, Shariy Party, Nashi, Opposition Bloc, Left ...
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What is the sentiment inside the United Russia party now? [closed]

The United Russia party controls its country, so I assume that most people affiliated with this party support the Ukraine occupation. Has anyone in this party publicly come out opposing the Ukraine ...
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Are there any hard-line anti-Russian parties in Europe?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the degree, and risks, of Europe's economic ties to Russia. I wonder if there is a party that takes a hardline anti-Russian stance? The positions I'm ...
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How can parliament members in party-list systems faithfully represent their voters?

Suppose you are a newly-elected parliament member. You want to faithfully represent your voters, so you want to ask for their opinion on issues discussed in the parliament. If you are in a regional ...
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Can political parties expel "members"? [duplicate]

What exactly is the status of a "member" of a political party in the United States? As far as I can tell there is no formal organization of political parties such as the "Democratic ...
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How is Portugal's Social Democratic Party "center right"?

Some news articles about Portugal describe "the center-right Social Democratic Party" in opposition to the "center-left Socialist Party". In most of Europe, Social Dems are left or ...
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Are There Countries Beside The USA That Have Partisan Elected Officials Run Elections?

In the United States, the predominant election administrators are county clerks elected as partisan elected officials, and state level secretaries of state, who are elected as partisan elected ...
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How do parliments in countries with Hemicycle shapes decide who is more left/right wing?

In governments with a hemicycle shaped parliment, left wing parties and right wing parties tend to sit on the side of the parliment that more closely matches their ideaology. However I was wandering ...
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Germany: how [un]common is it for chancellor candidates to not be leader of their own party?

Apparently Olaf Scholz is/was not the leader of the SPD, despite being the SPD's chancellor candidate. In 2019, Scholz wanted to become SPD chairman. However, in a membership vote, he lost out to ...
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What exactly is the difference between an NGO and a political party?

What exactly is the difference between an NGO and a political party? They’re both volunteer-based groups formed to promote certain political viewpoints in public government. Both are primarily funded ...
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Why are PiS and Fidesz split over Russia (and Ukraine)?

Apparently formalizing an (EP) alliance between Poland's ruling party PiS and Hungary's ruling part Fidesz, despite numerous ideological similarities, might be held back by differences over Russia and ...
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What is the meaning of "political affiliation" when you register to vote? [duplicate]

When you register to vote, one of the boxes you have to check is one for "party affiliation". What is the meaning of "party affiliation"? Does it mean that one is "locked"...
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What is a "sticker candidate"?

I'm looking through old election returns and saw that a candidate in the 1942 Michigan Senate election is listed as a "sticker candidate". What is a "sticker candidate"?
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Is the US developing an informal form of party discipline? [closed]

In US elections, candidates are elected individually. However, most recent elections track closely with each other in terms of partisan vote choice. The reason this is relevant is in the past, there ...
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Why does the government formation process tend to be so fast in Denmark?

In Denmark, the government formation process after each general election tends to be extremely fast by European standard. In fact, the last government formation only took 20 days after the 2019 ...
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Why doesn't the US have party discipline?

Two Senators are refusing to vote for Joe Biden's infrastructure bill, so I was wondering why the U.S does not have a party discipline system. As the name suggests, if a majority of people in a party ...
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Is it better to vote for underdog or second candidate in order to lower the top candidate chances?

In Czech Republic there will be parliament elections soon. There are two major coalitions which have similar chance of winning (lets call them A and B). I prefer the B wins, even though I don't align ...
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Political & electoral fallout from low vaxx rates among Republicans? [closed]

CNN published an article yesterday that outlined how states with the lowest vaccination rates, highest case rates, and (critical to this question), highest death rates are all run by Republican ...
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What would be the political effects of the implementation of a Bhutan-like electoral system on a federal state? [closed]

Bhutan has a unique political system, in which elections to the National Assembly ( the lower house of the bicameral Bhutanese parliament ) happen in two rounds. In the first round, a nationwide vote ...
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What does the AP mean by a "party split" regarding Biden's 'Build Back Better Plan'?

In a recently published article, the Associated Press lead with the headline Biden meets with Democrats as $3.5T plan faces party split. (Multiple other news sources followed.) However, nowhere in ...
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Why do one-party states still have a party at all?

In single-party states like the former eastern bloc (Soviet Union, East Germany, ...), there is only one dominant party. One thing that has always bothered me is that this is a contradiction in itself:...
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What's the Spanish PP position on masks?

The People's Party (PP) made headlines for winning a large share of votes the Madrid local election for their anti-lockdown stance. I've also read that: [The] Spanish parliament has approved a ...
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What are some of the biggest differences between Germany's SPD and The Greens?

At glance, the SPD and green party in Germany seem to pursue agendas too similar for me to see the difference. What are some of the most prominent ones?
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Assigning fractional seats in a parliament

In proportional party-list voting systems, each party is entitled to a fraction of the seats in proportion to its vote count. This fraction is always rounded up or down according to some rule of "...
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Is there independent scientific studies as to rather liberals or conservatives are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories?

I'm asking in relation to a recent question Why does it seem like US conspiracy theorists are overwhelmingly Republican-oriented? This question takes the presumption that conservative CT (conspiracy ...
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Is there any data about partisanship inside US police departments or armed forces?

Is there any open data about the extent of partisan division among the police or armed forces in the United States? If such data does not exist, why might that be? For example, is there some law which ...
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What policies or procedures can political parties implement to prevent a takeover by those with different standards? [closed]

Term Platform - commonly used term to describe the values, principles and standards of the political party. Issue of Concern The issue of concern is the degradation of the values, principles and ...
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Why is support for parties so low in Belarus?

Combining the Council of the Republic and the House of Representatives, Belarus has 135 independent members out of 174 total. Why is the support for political parties so low in Belarus? What history ...
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Can an American state ban a (minor) political party?

Can an American state ban a political party? I am mostly envisioning this as "Democrats and Republicans agree to ban a minor party with really evil views," although the discussion of what ...
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Why has no party ever won a majority in Israel?

From this answer on this question (Emphasis mine): The change in leadership, in this case, is coming about after an election. Legislative elections were held in March 2021, but no party reached the ...
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Why does there seem to be some sort of drop-off with young voters support of Republicans that accompanies lower turnout elections?

Many people have been saying that young voters are going to shift the United States to the left politically. There are a handful of questions on this site about this topic with low propensity young ...
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Why does the daylight savings time in Pennsylvania seem partisan?

I am looking at the vote results on HB 335, a bill specifying that the state of Pennsylvania will observe daylight-savings time permanently, should the US Congress authorize this. The whole bill is ...
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Why does it seem that social issues overtaking fiscal issues in the USA when it comes to vote choice?

One thing that I have noticed is that social issues are becoming more pertinent to our political values, while economic/fiscal issues are often secondary. Examples: The Rio Grande Valley, a ...
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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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Efficiency gap threshold when there are more than two candidates

I've been working on extending Stephanopoulos-McGhee's definition of the efficiency gap using the method outlined in following Stack Exchange post. It seems that extending the definition of wasted ...
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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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