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Poll Hub: The Realignment of America’s Political Parties


Poll Hub: The Realignment of America’s Political Parties

How changes in America’s demography, culture, and economy influence political coalitions in the United States.

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In a candid and enlightening interview with Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst and Atlantic Media’s editorial director for strategic partnerships, Brownstein expounds upon the composition of the two main political parties in the United States and how the flux of the Democratic and Republican parties helped Donald Trump win the White House in 2016.

Brownstein, who was among the first to identify the significance of white, non-educated voters in recent electoral cycles, explains what he means by the “coalition of transformation” and the “coalition of restoration.” He also takes an introspective look at how, as a journalist, his interest in poll analysis stemmed from the perceived disconnect between reality and how journalists covered politics.

Find out why Brownstein argues that the Democratic and Republican parties have been governing through a rearview mirror, why so-called “white collar white Americans” are the new swing vote, and which indicators we should be analyzing to determine the future of the political system in the United States.

Is the realignment Brownstein discusses fleeting or permanent? The team gets at the core of the question in this episode of Poll Hub.

But first, a discussion about morality in the United States. Using Marist Poll trend data, Poll Hub assesses the level of pessimism in the nation, both morally and in general.

About Poll Hub

Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what polls really show, and what the numbers really mean. Poll Hub is produced by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, home of America’s leading independent college public opinion poll, The Marist Poll. Lee Miringoff (Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion), Barbara Carvalho (Director of the Marist Poll) and Jay DeDapper (Director of Innovation at The Marist Poll) dig deep to give you a look at the inner workings of polls and what they tell us about our world, our country, and ourselves.

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