May 24, 2022
AP-NORC poll: Economy grows as priority on Russia response Nomaan Merchant & Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press Americans are becoming less supportive of punishing Russia for launching its invasion of Ukraine if it comes at the expense of the U.S. economy, a sign of rising anxiety over inflation and other challenges, according to a new poll. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act Looks Set to Fail, but It’s Very Popular Eli Yokley, Morning Consult The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022, a measure that passed the House last week in response to the Buffalo, N.Y., shooting, is divisive along party lines on Capitol Hill. But among the electorate, its core provisions have broad support among Democrats and Republicans, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico survey.
Like Americans overall, Catholics vary in their abortion views, with regular Mass attenders most opposed Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center The Catholic Church in the United States has long been one of the foremost opponents of legal abortion, teaching that human life is sacred “from conception to natural death” and that unborn children have a “right to life.” But for U.S. Catholics, the abortion issue isn’t so clear-cut. Like the American public as a whole, most Catholics think abortion should be illegal in some cases but legal in others, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
Parents Are Split on ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Policy, but Americans Are Becoming More Comfortable With Queerness Eli Yokley, Morning Consult Across the country, Republican state lawmakers have increasingly used parental rights as their justification for pushing measures like Florida’s new law to curtail the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms that critics cast as anti-LGBTQ. While American parents offer mixed views about what is fair game for classroom education, Morning Consult surveys show people across the political spectrum — including parents, Republican and Democratic alike — have largely become more comfortable with increasing LGBTQ prominence in everyday life over the past few years, putting the GOP in tricky political territory. April 2022 Public Policy Survey Federal Reserve Bank of New York Consumers see Future Tax Increases and Expansions of Government Assistance and Insurance Programs as Increasingly Unlikely Are Democratic attacks on the GOP over democracy missing their mark? Greg Sargent & Paul Waldman, Washington Post Focus groups run by Democratic pollster David Binder from May 10 to May 12 raise a question: Are Democrats getting their criticism of the GOP abandonment of democracy right? Election deniers want to control the 2024 election. And they're getting closer Ronald Brownstein, CNN Republicans' two-front offensive revolving around efforts to both change the election laws and who administers those laws could reconfigure the fundamental landscape for the 2024 election much more than most Americans, or even many political leaders, seem aware. It could also thrust the nation into incendiary turmoil about the legitimacy of the next presidential result, no matter who wins. Trump gubernatorial endorsements show questionable judgment Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call There already are more than a few signs that Trump’s endorsements in governors’ races will be less important than in contests for Congress, and Trump losses in gubernatorial contests could make the former president look increasingly weak. What the end of Roe signals about the rise of Christian power David Sehat (Georgia State U. in Atlanta), Washington Post Just as the court’s original decision in Roe v. Wade represented the apotheosis of a secular order through the privatization of religious sentiment, the court’s coming decision to overturn Roe represents a straightforward attack on the American secular ideal. It will probably be the first of many developments, as the wall of separation crumbles and as conservative religious authority floods American life. Cultural Power Won’t Save Progressives Michelle Goldberg, New York Times Purely cultural victories are little match for the brute force of politics. One lesson of Orban’s rise in Hungary is that the hard power of the state can crush the soft power of intellectuals, artists and tastemakers. It’s a lesson that American conservatives are learning. 11 Primaries To Watch In Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota And Texas Nathaniel Rakich & Alex Samuels, FiveThirtyEight Tuesday brings the next big batch of primaries, as voters head to the polls in Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia — plus we get a little bonus electoral action thanks to several runoffs in Texas and a special election in Minnesota. Are Trump’s Endorsees About To Lose In Georgia? FiveThirtyEight podcast In a primary cycle that has been characterized by former President Trump weighing in with endorsements to a much greater degree than his predecessors, the Georgia primary is one of the biggest tests of his sway. The crew previews Tuesday’s primaries in Georgia as well as contests in Arkansas, Alabama, Texas and Minnesota. They also ask whether it’s too early to conclude that the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe has had little impact on the political environment. New York redistricting exposes Dems' hypocrisy on gerrymandering Josh Kraushaar, National Journal The court-drawn map also forced the DCCC chairman to place his own political interests ahead of higher-minded progressive principles. Tweets of Note
What it actually exposes: most blue states have enforced their anti-gerrymandering laws/criteria, while few red states have. Result: the House map’s GOP skew persists.
Which party do new redistricting maps in each state favor against neutral benchmarks? Find out in our new Partisan Advantage Tracker, led by Jon Eguia ippsr.msu.edu/partisan-advan…