Monthly Archives: December 2011

Basic Space Scaling Example: Ideological Evaluations of Major Political Stimuli from the ANES 2010-2012 EGSS

Below we use data from the preliminary release of the ANES 2010-2012 Evaluations of Government and Society Study (EGSS 2) to demonstrate how the Basic Space Scaling package in R can be used to estimate the locations of political stimuli … Continue reading

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Who Likes Congress?

Who are the 9% who approve of Congress’s job performance? Terrence Smith of The Atlantic poses this intriguing question. Congressional popularity is at historic lows across partisan groups, as seen in these trend-lines from Gallup polling: Click images to enlarge … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Create Conference Committee on Extending the Payroll Tax Holiday

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House’s vote to reject the Senate’s two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday and instead set up a conference to work out an agreement between the two chambers to … Continue reading

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Senate: Vote on a Two-Month Extension of the Payroll Tax Holiday

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s recent 89-10 vote to approve a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday. The bill also extends unemployment benefits and, in an effort to attract Republican support, includes … Continue reading

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Wrapping up the Congressional Session: Omnibus Spending Package for FY 2012

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House and Senate votes to pass a $1 trillion omnibus package to set spending levels for FY 2012. The House vote was 296-121; the Senate vote was 67-32. The … Continue reading

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Senate: Votes on Rival Proposals to Extend Payroll Tax Cuts

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the Senate’s votes on  Democratic and Republican proposals to extend the payroll tax cut, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Both bills failed, the Democratic … Continue reading

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