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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 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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Why did liberals consistently give higher marks for Trump than Democrats? [closed]

I was thinking about party, ideology, and ideological sorting. Like Obama, Donald Trump has a record level of partisan approval gap. A CNN poll gives Trump an approval rating 8 percentage points ...
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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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Have supporters of “right-wing populist” parties in Europe explained why they trust Trump?

According to a Pew survey/study, supporters of "right-wing populist" parties (by which they mean e.g. UKIP, FN of France, Northern League in Italy, or AfD in Germany) have more confidence in Trump to "...
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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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How many African Americans people are part of BLM (Black lives matter)? [closed]

I was doing some research on BLM and it seems that there are more white people than black people that support BLM and I find that kind of strange you know. Make no mistake I have seen dozens of images,...
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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 this morning, Jeremy Corbyn, former leader of the Labour Party, is facing having the whip withdrawn by the new Labour ...
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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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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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Are UK party leaders typically from safe seats?

In the UK Parliament, the 2015 election results for party leaders going into the 2017 election were: Theresa May, Conservative Party, Maidenhead, 65.8%. Next party is Labour Party at 11.9%. Chance ...
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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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Why does the US only have two major political parties?

As a Brit who for the first time has started following US politics, I cannot understand when it comes to choosing a President there is an option of only two political parties from who to choose from? ...
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Has there been a comparison of party discipline in the UK with other European countries?

On one hand, the fact that MPs are elected in single-member districts would suggest they are more likely to break party discipline if their constituency has different interests. On the other hand, ...
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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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Is the PKK and PYD's political outlook unpopular among Iraqi Kurds?

The Kurdistan Democratic Solution Party is active in the Iraqi Kurdish autonomy zone; and it seems to be the counterpart of the PYD in Syria and the PKK in Turkey. The party failed rather miserably in ...
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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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Has a British political party ever had more women MPs than men before The Independent Group?

"The Independent Group instantly has a majority of female MPs" Esther Webber, Other than where the group of MPs is a single person (such as Caroline Lucas), has a party ever had more women MPs ...
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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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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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Can the Chinese government system be considered a limited form of democracy?

According to Wikipedia the Communist Party of China has over 80 million members. It is about 6% of the population! This is more than the total membership in many (or most) western democracies. I'm ...
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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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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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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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Why are “the rich” more able to identify the party which represent their interests than “the poor”?

Consider the following premises, for which I think there is fair degree of consensus (at least according to my knowledge of political history of Latin America, but perhaps more broadly): the majority ...
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What national interest do United Nation delegates represent for countries, with multiple competing parties, that change in leadership periodically? [closed]

My prior research and experience in this is that I have participated in Model United Nations many times before. This is something I have always wondered but could never necessarily find a "meta-...
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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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Has the Brexit Party stated whether or not it will keep its name?

Has the Brexit Party made any statement on its name as a movement, when Brexit is finally resolved? It would be expected after several years that 'Brexit' will have lost meaning. I can't think of ...
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Are liberal voters more solid than conservative voters?

I was reading an article on swing voters. The New York times was doing a survey to learn more about them. I found that swing voters are both older and more conservative than the electorate as a whole. ...
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What flipped the general court in New Hampshire in 2018 from Republican to Democrat? [closed]

In 2018 Democrats took control of the New Hampshire General Court (the state legislature) in a big shift. Previously the Republicans had controlled the Court with a 14-10 majority in the Senate and a ...
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What happens if a US Presidential Candidate drops out of the race after being nominated but before Election Day?

If a presidential candidate in the USA drops out of the race before (or during) election day, but after early voting has begun, what happens to that party's ticket? For example, if Donald Trump or ...
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Who do the US political parties back if something happens to their nominated presidential candidate? [duplicate]

Currently Trump will presumably be running for president as the republican candidate, and at the time it looks likely that Biden will be the democratic candidate. Both are elderly and thus highly ...
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Has a sitting US president ever been denied their party's nomination for a second term?

Has there ever been an instance when a US president didn't get a second term because they failed to get his party's nomination? From the looks of it, there's nothing that could prevent a sitting US ...
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What is meant by the term “radical centrist”?

As I understand it currently, centrism is the stance that political decisions should be taken pragmatically, avoiding the advocacy of a "one size fits all" solution, combined with the aversion to ...
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Are there any rules or laws requiring the a party to hold primaries if they have an incumbent running for reelection?

It is generally assumed that Donald Trump will be the republican nominee for U.S. President in the November 2020 election. However, from my understanding, he still has to actually win the primary; he ...
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Was Change UK the shortest-lived political party ever?

Change UK was a centrist political party founded by disgruntled members of parliament from the Labour and Conservative parties which sought to achieve a second Brexit referendum. The party's final ...
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Where does the AfD stand on rental price freezes?

It seems to me that the SPD is largely in favor of such measures (rental price freezes) while the CDU generally opposes them. Does the AfD have an identifiable position on this matter? (I think this ...
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Where would UK political parties fit on the US party political spectrum?

I have often heard the statement that the British Conservative party would be considered left-wing if they were to run in the US - in some cases further left than the Democrats. How true is this ...
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What are the contemporary differences between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael (for the benefit of external observers)?

Mostly, in news broadcasts and the like, when there is some political business going on overseas, it will be between parties which can be described with short epithets to give foreigners a broad brush ...
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International political parties [duplicate]

Sinn Féin won the popular vote in the recent Irish general elections. As a British person, I'm also aware that Sinn Féin have MPs in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom; a separate ...
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What explains past affinities of minor coalition members in Ireland?

Looking at prior governing coalitions in Ireland, it seems that FG was more likely to have Labour as their minor partner, and FF was more likely to have the Greens. If this is correct, are there some ...
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Why do Christian democratic parties often name themselves “popular” and “people's”?

Parties such as those united under the European People's Party tend to tag themselves as "popular" or "people's" parties. Does this term have any ideological value? Or is it just a non-religious ...
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What has been AfD's take on Soros (if any)?

Interesting enough (or deja vu), in Spain Echoing other European far-right parties Vox also appealed to conspiracy theories. For instance, invoking the demonized figure of the Hungarian Jewish ...
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Is there a party in Europe whose supporters show a high degree of sympathy towards Israel?

I find this plot over time of US sympathy for Israel rather fascinating, especially when broken down by US party. One has to wonder how much of that is explained by "conflict extension" in recent ...
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How has the Brexit process affected eurosceptic movements in other European countries?

The rocky and unpredictable state of the Brexit negotiations over the past three and a half years seems to have had an effect on the level of support for the EU, with 68% of respondents across the ...
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Does the year 2000 observation that issue alignment mainly affected the US political parties, but not the public at large still hold?

In a 2002 paper that is quite cited, Layman and Carsey conclude that In recent decades, Democratic and Republican party elites have grown increasingly polarized on all three of the major domestic ...
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What has been the historical trend of U.S. congresspeople voting as blocks?

It feels as though every time I've looked at voting records from the U.S. congress, I notice that virtually everyone votes with their party; that is, for any given bill, every Republican votes the ...
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Is there a danger for democracy when a party gains more than half the seats in a parliament?

In the 2015 elections in the UK, the Conservative Party received 330 seats, and the absolute majority because it is more than half of the 650 available seats. This means there was all across the UK ...

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