Voters don’t care how women in politics look

Like other emerging political science research, we show that voters don’t hold women and men to different standards on the campaign trail -- even when it comes to looks.

By Danny Hayes and Jennifer L. Lawless June 23, 2013

The ‘words hurt’ model of polarization

When John Boehner told Harry Reid to "go f--- yourself," it was more than just an outburst. It was insight into a crucial driver of party polarization.

By Danny Hayes January 6, 2013

Congress’s magic words

A study of 51,762 bills found a few magic words that seemed to help legislation get through Congress, and a few not-so-magic words that seemed to doom its prospects. Here they are.

By Dan Hopkins December 31, 2012

The auto bailout didn’t decide the election

Once we account for population and basic ethnic/racial demographics, counties that are home to Big Three plants just didn't vote very differently from similar counties that are not.

By Dan Hopkins December 9, 2012

The Republican Party’s rebranding problem: Rich guys

Consider this poll question: “When you think of people who are Republicans, what type of person comes to mind?” 31 percent picked words like “wealthy” and “business executive” while only 6 percent chose “working class” and its kindred.

By John Sides December 2, 2012

Why did women do so well in 2012? Because gender bias is declining

When the 113th Congress convenes in January, women will occupy more seats than ever before. Why did women do so well in 2012? Because gender bias – either by the media or the voters – is no longer the impediment to female candidates that it once was.

By Danny Hayes November 25, 2012