Monthly Archives: January 2012

An Update on Political Polarization (through 2011)

In a series of plots below, we show that polarization between the two parties in Congress has continued to increase through 2011 – the first year of the 112th Congress. Congressional polarization is measured below as the difference between the … Continue reading

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Congressional Ideology and Personal Wealth, 2010

Below we use data from the Center for Responsive Politics on the estimated 2010 personal wealth of members of Congress and members’ first dimension (ideological) DW-NOMINATE Common Space scores to plot the relationship between ideology and personal wealth for present … Continue reading

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Ideological Locations of GOP Presidential Candidates and President Obama Relative to their Parties in Congress

Below we plot the locations of the Republican presidential candidates and President Obama along the liberal-conservative scale, using first dimension DW-NOMINATE Common Space scores. For those candidates who do not have congressional records (Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman), … Continue reading

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Ideological Locations of 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates (Updated 5 January 2012)

In the wake of the Iowa Caucus, below we update the ideological locations of the candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. For those candidates who are currently serving or have served in Congress (former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), former … Continue reading

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