Hillary Clinton is not inspiring enthusiasm, and neither is the weak bench of Democratic Senate candidates.
The Trump campaign is portraying Hillary Clinton as untrustworthy, and the Clinton campaign is trying to paint Donald Trump as unhinged.
Donald Trump hasn't had much of an impact on Republican primaries so far, and Hillary Clinton isn't pulling away from Trump in the polls.
Less than a year before the next presidential election, voters are pessimistic.
President Obama is specifically mentioned as the reason the nation is heading in the wrong direction. This is a problem for the Democrats heading into the 2014 elections.
A new Gallup poll shows that 56 percent of Americans now believe it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have health-care coverage. This is a significant psychological shift that favors Republicans.
Voters aren't engaged in 2016 yet -- but party actors will be, and reporters should follow their candidate and policy preferences.