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Tag: Gretchen Helmke

2022 midterm elections show a silver lining for US democracy

2022 midterm elections show a silver lining for US democracy

December 22, 2022

A post-2022-midterm election poll by Bright Line Watch finds increased trust in the fairness of elections.

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Bright Line Watch assesses American democracy on the eve of 2022 midterm elections

Bright Line Watch assesses American democracy on the eve of 2022 midterm elections

November 5, 2022

Experts in Bright Line Watch poll see a high chance some Republican candidates will be unwilling to concede election losses.

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What the midterm elections tell us about the stability of US democracy

What the midterm elections tell us about the stability of US democracy

November 3, 2022

Rochester political scientists discuss what happens when election deniers run for office, and how US democracy may die ‘by a thousand cuts.’

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One year on, Republicans still don’t consider Biden the rightful winner

One year on, Republicans still don’t consider Biden the rightful winner

December 22, 2021

In their latest survey, Rochester political scientists in the Bright Line Watch watchdog group find divisions along partisan lines have notably deepened, and voters’ confidence in next year’s midterm elections has already been affected.

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Why don’t all politicians resort to antidemocratic tactics to stay in power?

Why don’t all politicians resort to antidemocratic tactics to stay in power?

December 8, 2021

A Rochester team of political scientists introduces the idea of ‘democracy by deterrence’—and shows why it might be weakening in the United States.

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Republican and Democratic voters agree on one thing—the need for generous COVID-19 relief

Republican and Democratic voters agree on one thing—the need for generous COVID-19 relief

February 26, 2021

The latest Bright Line Watch survey finds that voters support COVID-19 relief spending, but partisan divides remain over the election and impeachment.

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What does it mean if most Republican voters still think Biden lost?

What does it mean if most Republican voters still think Biden lost?

December 2, 2020

A new Bright Line Watch survey finds that fewer than a third of Republican voters have confidence in the national vote count.

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Watchdog report: Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election

Watchdog report: Experts see substantial danger to democratic stability around 2020 election

October 28, 2020

The latest Bright Line Watch surveys find experts concerned about multiple risks to the legitimacy of the election, while many Americans believe in the prevalence of voter fraud.

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How to make sense of 2020’s unusual election season

How to make sense of 2020’s unusual election season

October 8, 2020

Rochester political scientists say concerns about this year’s electoral process are challenging some fundamental ideas about the nation.

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Déjà vu: What happens to America when one candidate wins the popular vote but not the Electoral College?

Déjà vu: What happens to America when one candidate wins the popular vote but not the Electoral College?

September 11, 2020

Political scientists explore how the November election will be viewed if there’s a split between the popular vote and the Electoral College count.

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