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The Republican Party (sometimes called Grand Old Party, or GOP) is a major political party of the United States. Use with the [united-states] tag.

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How come Republicans are more likely to support state-led solutions rather than national-led solutions?

The federal nature of the US political system can also explain, in part, why President Trump did not adopt strong mitigation measures. In a federal system, in the face of a complex policy problem with ...
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Why are Republicans more likely to support keeping the filibuster than Democrats in the U.S.?

Most Democrats say they'd end it, as a general matter, according to a CBS News poll from Jan. 2022. Two-thirds of Republicans say they'd keep it. But the partisan split appears strongly connected to ...
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Does Republican Nikki Haley speak any Indian languages?

According to Wikipedia, Haley was born Nimarata Nikki Randhawa at Bamberg County Hospital in Bamberg, South Carolina,[1][2][10] to immigrant Sikh parents from Amritsar, Punjab, India.[11][12] Her ...
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How is this continuing resolution different from what got McCarthy vacated?

CBS: House Speaker Mike Johnson unveiled the measure less than a week before funding from a short-term bill passed in September was set to expire. But dissent from within his own party over its lack ...
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Who were the Republicans who signed off on the Santos report? Are any of them part of the Freedom Caucus?

CNN A statement from the committee accompanying the report said the panel unanimously voted to adopt the report. The committee said it uncovered additional “uncharged and unlawful conduct” by Santos ...
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What caused the Republican Party members' dramatic shift on views on Russia?

The recent data published by The Economist/YouGov (PDF, ##26, 28) taken on December 10-13 2016, clearly indicate a dramatic change on Republican Party members' view on Russia and Putin: The surveys ...
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Who coined the term "the Lululemon Belt"?

An article at Politico by Jonathan Martin refers to constituency or faction (apparently) made up of white female moderate suburban Republicans in "the Lululemon belt — from Buckhead to Bala ...
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Has Jim Jordan said what he intends to do to pass the Republican objectives into law?

Jim Jordan, one of the founders of the Freedom Caucus, often described as the "hard right" in some of the press, is the Republican speaker-nominee (was thus elected by secret ballot of the ...
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Why, if at all, do municipal governments in the US not seek to spread out immigration?

Recently, the Republican governors of many states in the USA have been pursuing a strategy of sending immigrants to specific cities with Democratic governments. While the reception has been mostly ...
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What divisive issues are least correlated with political alignment (e.g. whether you're on the left/right)?

Inspired by this reddit post that shows that ones opinion on AI-generated art/text is basically independent of whether one is a Democrat, Independent, or Republican. My question is: what big issues ...
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Which 2024 Republican candidates oppose a 6-week state-level abortion ban?

Former President Donald Trump said this on Meet the Press today: I mean, DeSanctus was willing to sign a 5 week and 6 week ban…. I think what he did was a terrible thing and a terrible mistake. ...
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Do any 2024 Republican Presidential candidates oppose a pathway to legalization of illegal immigrants?

During the 2016 US Presidential campaign, Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz said this: My position is very simple. I oppose amnesty. I oppose citizenship. I oppose legalization … Today, ...
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What if no Republican candidate gets a majority of delegates for president?

I saw on Wikipedia when I was looking at the 2024 Republican Party primaries that one of the rules is to receive an outright majority of the votes cast by delegates at the national convention. What ...
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Why are American liberals more prone to in-fighting than conservatives? [closed]

In America at least, there tends to be far less unity within liberal factions when compared to conservative ones. One just has to point to the last few presidential elections. 2008: There was a ...
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Origin of "longtime House Republican principle that states no bill should pass without a 'majority of the majority' on board"?

Politico's March 22, 2023 McCarthy’s newest challenge: Keeping the House GOP peace on war power includes the following: Should a standalone war powers repeal bill come up, only a handful of ...
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How do these contradictory claims about the US national debt square against each other?

(Not sure if this should be on the Economics SE or Skeptics SE) The first source is this, from which there is an image: This clearly implies that the US federal budget decreased under Obama, Carter, ...
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How do Republicans explain their lack of support among minority voters?

From a 2016 Pew Research Study, "The Parties on the Eve of the 2016 Election: Two Coalitions, Moving Further Apart": Trends in party affiliation among black voters have been largely stable ...
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Why is Ocean County the most Republican county in New Jersey despite being a tourist destination and fairly densely populated?

In central/southern New Jersey, Ocean County is the most Republican county in the state of New Jersey. It is really interesting to me as someone who lives in New Jersey to see that Ocean County is the ...
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Do Republicans have specific objections about Hunter Biden and if so what are they?

Without being able to provide direct evidence, I recall here and there often seeing Republicans lambast Hunter Biden, son of Pres. Joe Biden. The impression was a sense of scandal and social disgrace ...
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In the US, why do libertarians tend to side with the Republican party rather than the Democratic party?

A generic way to define a libertarian in the US could be 'fiscally conservative, socially liberal'. Given that the two major parties (Republican and Democratic) tend to (again, speaking generically) ...
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Why the Democratic exuberance and Republican dejection about the 2022 US midterm elections?

I don't know much about politics, but I'm very curious about the reaction to the midterm elections. Although, as of right now, the Republicans are still leading or tied for both the House and Senate, ...
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Since 2020, do American Libertarian voters still prefer Republicans as their second choice?

It's accepted in conventional wisdom that Libertarians, if forced to choose between the two major US parties, tend to vote for the Republicans as their second choice. However, the Republican party in ...
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Why are there only the Democratic party and the Republican party currently in the US?

I was looking at the history of the political parties, and I found out that John Adams was a member of the Federalist party, while his son John Quincy Adams was a member of Thomas Jefferson's ...
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Has there been any examination of the recent upswing in latino support for Republicans in regards to age?

It's well known that older voters tend to be conservative. It's also known that hispanic immigration to the US really took off in the 1960's, meaning the first big waves of children born to hispanic ...
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Does Donald Trump have any official standing in the Republican Party right now (Nov 2022)?

Mid-November 2022, post mid-term elections. Various media outlets are reporting that Trump is furious with the lack of a Republican “red wave” sweeping the nation I know American and UK/European ...
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Why are Republicans opposed to alternative energy?

(DISCLAIMER: I am asking this in the most non-partisan way possible. Please no arguments or mudslinging!) What are the Republican party's premises for opposing alternative energy in place of fossil ...
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Why are certain views/values amassed in one party, like Republican vs Democrat?

I don't know how to explain my question but basically I don't follow politics much and for instance can't really tell the difference between liberal/conservative vs Democratic/Republican, but recently ...
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How does Liz Cheney's losing the Republican primary impact the future of the GOP? [closed]

Liz Cheney has lost the Republican primaries. As I know, she represents a group of Republicans who criticized Trump. What does this loss mean for the GOP?
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Did Devin Nunes ever reveal evidence of unmasking abuse?

When the name of a US citizen is incidentally collected by the US Intelligence Community as part of intelligence activities, the name in masked in intelligence reports to protect the person’s identity....
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When, how and why did the stars in the logo of the Republican Party get turned upside down?

Note: I'm not making any claims here, I'm simply asking for the story behind the logo change. Here is the current logo of the US Republican Party: The stars used to point upwards, like this: This ...
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What do Republicans criticizing the withdrawal from Afghanistan say they would have done differently, given Trump's agreement w Taliban?

Yes, it's time for another Trump explanation on how things would be better with him. And, as usual, it is time to take a swipe at the bumbling withdrawal from Afghanistan. Trump claimed Putin had ...
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Why do many Republicans seem to minimize Russian invasion of Ukraine? [closed]

After Russia invaded Ukraine 2 months ago it has become increasingly clear how horrendous the invasion is, with bombing of civilian targets, executions of civilians (including children), rapes, ...
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What steps could the US GOP take to block primary challenges to Trump in 2024 should he run again, and which of these were also taken in 2020?

In its 2022-03-18 GOP lawmaker slams Trump's Ukraine remark: 'He was awful' "CNN's Jim Sciutto talks to Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) about Donald Trump's comments about Putin's invasion of Ukraine&...
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Are cities with nonpartisan mayoral elections more likely to elect Republican mayors?

I thought about the fact that cities in the US elect mayors in many different ways. Most notably for this question, some elect mayors on partisan ballots others do not. Given that most or all of the ...
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Why did Wisconsin Republicans oppose postponing the April 7th election despite COVID-19 shutting down nearly all polling places?

After last minute, party-line decisions by the US and Wisconsin Supreme Courts, Wisconsin will hold their presidential primary and a hotly-contested Supreme Court election tomorrow (April 7th) despite ...
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If Roy Moore is elected, would this hurt the Republican party? [closed]

Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in the state of Alabama, was accused of sexual misconduct by five women. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday did not rule out trying to ...
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How do the Republicans' recent laws make it harder for Democratic voters to vote?

I read this BBC article, but it's not totally clear for me why the recent voting rights laws passed in more than a dozen Republican-controlled state legislatures affect the Democratic base, but not ...
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Do more voting rights really make it harder for Republicans to win?

Also, if there is truth behind Republican support to make voting more restrictive for people in general, how long ago might this party have started advocating legislation with more restrictions? Why ...
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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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Why are Republicans pushing merit-based immigration if the types of immigrants favored seem to cause more damage to Republicans electorally?

There was an article that talks about how Republicans tend to gain from immigrants. It talks about low-skilled immigrants driving native voters to Republicans: "Non-urban, low-skill counties with ...
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What is the definition of “small government” according to the Republican Party?

When Republican governors banned mask mandates in schools, many commentators called them out as hypocrites due to such bans violating the concept of “small government”. However this concept can have ...
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How long has populism been associated with the Republican Party [closed]

Donald Trump has been described as a populist, yet he imposes high tariffs on China. He has gained bipartisan support for this, but there are Republicans who do disagree. Populists, from what I've ...
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Why is there a disparity between support for NSA surveillance among GOP Congressmen vs. the RNC?

As I discuss in my question here, in January 2014 the Republican National Committee unanimously passed "Resolution to Renounce the National Security Agency's Surveillance Program", referring to the ...
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What are the differences between the Tea Party and the Republican Party?

To Republicans, the Tea Party movement is considered a separate organization espousing some Republican ideals. What are the particular idiosyncrasies that differentiate between the Republicans and the ...
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Do any Republicans support the impeachment of President Trump, or have they said what it would take for them to support it?

Impeaching the president is a popular topic among Democrats these days. But Republicans control both houses of Congress, so it seems like a futile endeavor without significant Republican support. ...
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Why haven't any Republican-controlled states moved to ban or severely restrict mail in voting? [closed]

In the lead up and after the 2020 presidential election, it was clear that voting by mail had a clear divide, mostly driven by Donald Trump's demonization of the process as well as other Republicans. ...
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Are late-night network talk show hosts and comedy shows mostly if not uniformly strongly anti-Trump and generally anti-Republican Party these days? [closed]

Note: I'm looking for fact-based answers based on sources, not opinions here. In the recent Stephen Colbert YouTube clip Prominent Republicans Speak Up About Vaccines As Delta Infections Soar the talk-...
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How is a political party radicalised, and what are the effects?

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the British Labour Party was seen by many as having retreated from the centre ground of British politics into an obsession with left-wing ideological purity. In 1981,...
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Why does it seem like US conspiracy theorists are overwhelmingly Republican-oriented?

One of the most prolific conspiracy theories is QAnon, which alleges Democrats are secretly eating children, among other allegations. There is no major counterpart alleging things for Democrats, and ...
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Are there more Democrats than Republicans in the United States?

I have been thinking about the Democratic Party and whether or not its members are more numerous than the opposing faction. Evidence to suggest this is the case: This party is expected to win the ...