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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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In general elections, what percent of registered party voters defect, on average?

Only registered Democrats vote in Democratic primaries to select Democrat candidates. Only registered Republicans vote in Republican primaries to select Republican candidates. And so forth for other ...
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Why register a party affiliation in a state with open primaries?

I'm a registered Democrat in Massachusetts, a state with semi-open primaries such that registered voters can only vote in their party's primary, but unaffiliated voters can vote in any primary. I'm ...
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What are the viewpoints and policy positions of the Israeli right wing?

What are the viewpoints and policy positions of the Israeli right wing?
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Can one person run for US President as a candidate for two different parties? [duplicate]

I am not looking for opinion here, but actual laws or case evidence support for or against if this has been done / could be done legally. Example: Could Bernie run in the 2020 primaries as a ...
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Only one candidate for a $180,000 political job?

According to a news story on CBS in Chicago there was a judgeship worth $180,000 in the Cook County judicial subcircuit that was up for grabs in the November 8th 2016 election and it was uncontested. ...
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Why do so few people vote for the Green Party? [closed]

Now, I don't have comprehensive knowledge of what the Green Party represents, and I only just recently learned of their existence. But from the wikipedia page, it seems like they stand for everything ...
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What does it take to start a new political party in Wisconsin

What do you need to do in order to start a new political party in Wisconsin
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Rise of Alternative for Germany

What are the various factors that contributed to the rise of the political party Alternative for Germany? Why has it gained popularity?
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Do European Parliamentary leaders have greater standing in their own parties than American Presidential candidates?

Donald Trump is the Republican Presidential candidate in the U.S., but he is not the head of the Republican Party (Paul Ryan is). And if he loses the election, he will (presumably) go off into the ...
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What has divided the country so severely since Bill Clinton's election?

I recently saw this article by the New York Times' Upshot showing that last 50 years of electoral college results from the presidential elections. Something that stand out is how drastically voting ...
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Would voting for ideas instead of political parties be a good idea? [duplicate]

First of all I'm explaining with I refer to with ideas, after all by voting a political party you are voting some ideas. Most political parties have a certain set of ideas that they may apply or not, ...
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Is a Dutch political party's program allowed to contradict the constitution prima facie?

Several days ago, the Dutch PVV party published a program with several anti-Islamic measures including the closure of mosques and a ban on the Quran. Now, without getting into the actual political ...
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Is the smearing growing in the USA?

Is the smearing growing in the USA (in the last decades/centuries)? Or at least the perception about smear campaigns?
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Has any of the presidential candidates ever mentioned fixing our aging infrastructure?

There's no denying, these recent historic floods we've been having in the past couple of years have only shown how our aging infrastructure needs to be fixed. No proper drainage systems, our roads are ...
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Is voting for a third party really a 'wasted vote'?

There are lots of undecided voters in what perhaps is the strangest election I've ever witnessed. People from both sides are saying voting for a third party is a wasted vote. If all of the undecided ...
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In the UK there are 'shadow' government members — what is their function

Other than seeming like a member of some secret organization the UK elects shadow members. What are they? Is there any corresponding member of US government?
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If opposition parties collude at election time to prevent splitting votes, does the public object?

In this scenario there is an organisation (UK based) with certain governing powers/responsibilities for a particular geographical area. There are a number of elected representatives responsible for ...
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Does the UK still use propaganda?

Can you recall anything that was propaganda that the UK government has espoused? I am sure it didn't just stop after WW2 but they have got so good at it I find it hard to find good examples that are ...
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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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Rainfall vs Democratic Vote Share [closed]

The research paper here shows that for every inch of rain above normal levels, the Democratic party's margin in elections decreases by about 1 percentage point. What are some ways that the ...
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How much more likely are professed political party supporters to support a position taken by that party?

I was wondering if there has been any research conducted on this issue. That is, all other things being equal how much more likely is a professed supporter of a political party or politician to ...
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Does the two-party system create a political advantage for the rich? [closed]

Does the two-party system create a political advantage for the rich regarding political representation?
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What's the purpose of a closed primary?

To vote in the Democratic primaries for New York State, I had to register in the Democratic party. Why would a political party hold a closed primary?
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Does the USA have more than 2 political parties (Democrat, Republican)?

From the outside it sounds like there are only two political parties in the USA you tend to hear of many others in other countries. Are there others that just don't get votes?
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Can I vote in the primary for one party and then vote for the other in the general? [duplicate]

Let's say there are 3 candidates (1, 2, 3) and two parties (A, B). Candidate 1: is good and is in party A Candidate 2: is OK but is in party B Candidate 3: is horrible and in party A If you vote ...
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Why are US State governments involved in presidential primary elections and caucuses?

When I say involved I mean things such as state and county election officials conducting events as well as the state footing the bill for the event costs such as poll manager pay, ballot printing, ...
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What is the evidence that a secondary party primaries candidate can influence the rhetoric of the leader?

In the West Wing (Manchester Part II) we see Jed say about his running for the Presidency: BARTLET: I got in it polling in the single digits. Hoynes had it locked up. I got in it to give some ...
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Is Alternative für Deutschland really an extreme right nationalist party?

Today's newspaper presented the recently founded German party as an extreme right, nationalistic and dangerous party. However a visit to the Wikipedia page of the party reveals something completely ...
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How many cities around the world has been successfully applied the ISO 37120 standard?

How many cities around the world has been successfully applied, True social changes, political changes, economic changes and changes in education, Improving Quality of Life and Social Welfare under ...
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Are tattoos frowned upon in politics?

I have tattoos on my arms which have no negative/political/ideological symbols. When I wear long sleeves (shirt, sweater, suit), they are completely invisible. If I wanted to pursue a political ...
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What type of organization is an American political party?

Legally, what is a political party in the US? I know they are not mentioned in the Constitution. They do not appear to be corporations or charities, or PACs, or any other type of formal organization ...
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Why does the Australian Labor Party spell use the American spelling instead of the Australian spelling?

Australia uses British English for their spelling, which spells labour as in physical work, with a "u", where the Australian Labor Party spells it without a "u".This is in contrast to the British ...
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When and why did the American Republican Party become widely supported in the South?

The American Democrats and Republicans are often labelled with the colours blue and red respectively. However, the historical "blue states" and "red states" were once inverted from their current ...
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Why is the Republican majority greater in the US House of Reps than in the Senate?

Currently, Republicans control both houses of the US Congress. What's surprising to me is that their majority is greater in the House of Representatives (57%) than in the Senate (54%). I think that ...
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What is (GOP?) algorithm for proportional Presidential primary delegates?

From the results below, it's clear that there's some sort of cutoff, below which a candidate gets no delegates, even if proportionally they should have one or two. How is that cutoff determined? ...
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How did Geert Wilders and the PVV rise to such popularity? What are their chances of governing?

In the Dutch general election of 2012 the rightwing populist party Party for Freedom (PVV) under leader Geert Wilders received 10.1%. The next general election will take place no later than March 2017,...
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Why have the Democratic Party and Republican Party switched positions on civil rights since the Civil War?

Before the Civil War, the Republicans advocated for the abolition of slavery, while the Democrats pushed against abolition. Even after the Civil War, the Republicans continued to push for black rights....
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Why is the polish PiS considered dangerous, but not the UK conservatives?

Both parties won an absolute majority of seat in the parliament of their respective countries, and that without winning an absolute majority of the votes, because of how the election system works. ...
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Why are there so few Islamic parties in Europe?

Many European countries have major parties which call themselves "Christian". But Wikipedia only lists 5 parties in all of Europe with an Islamic agenda, and 3 of them as defunct, leaving only "Party ...
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How do Northern Ireland's Assembly designations work? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

What are the implications of MLAs designating themselves as being part of a certain community? To what extent does it fulfil its intended purpose? What are its criticisms? What alternatives have been ...
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Are partisans more likely to vote if they believe there will be higher turnout among the opposing party?

Empirically, if you tell those from Party A that the turnout among those from Party B will be quite high, does that tend to motivate higher turnout or otherwise change voting attitudes? I am having ...
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Why would a major party allow someone who is not a member to run as a member?

Bernie Sanders is an independent, but he is able to seek the Democratic nomination and participate in the debates. Mike Bloomberg has said that he won't run for president because he is convinced that ...
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Why is there no political party that claims to apply Human Rights better?

I feel like the guidelines of the Human Rights are just and ideals for the population of a country or a group of people, and morally less corrupt than the guidelines or values of many political ...
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Why, in the US, are there major political areas dominated by a single party?

In the US, there are many large cities that are dominated by a single party. After Reconstruction and through the 70s, the Southern States were solidly Democratic. There are often strong factions in ...
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Consequences if the British Labour party (or any political party) were to split into two roughly equal parts?

This question is prompted by widespread speculation that the Labour party might split if and when Jeremy Corbyn becomes its leader, but I am also interested in general terms. When parties split, if ...
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Does association of age to political party imply changing of political affiliation as one ages?

Within the US young, college aged, individuals are commonly thought of being more attracted to the democratic party, while it's also commonly believed that the elderly usually vote republican. I ...
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Presidential Campaigns: “Paid For”

I've noticed while looking through presidential candidates for the 2016 election websites that they all have "Paid For ..." in the footer of their websites. Obviously they paid for it, but is this a ...
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Why is stopping climate change prioritized significantly below the economy and other issues?

Why is climate change prioritized significantly below other issues? Is it because it is not as much of an immediate issue than, for example, reducing the government debt, raising the minimum wage, and ...
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What are the differences between a PAC/SuperPAC and a political party?

My understanding is that both PACs/SuperPACs and parties are organizations that raise and spend money for/against particular candidates/issues. Aside from PACs/SuperPACs not being allowed to ...
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Why don't political parties support independent candidates to the extreme of their opponent to split the opposition vote?

Let's say you're the DNC, why not fund an independent candidacy for a somewhat well-known, legitimate conservative politician who is too extreme to actually get elected, but with views appealing to ...