On the surface Americans still favor the death penalty by a margin of two to one. And yet, progressives should now feel comfortable on this issue, especially in a primary election.
Republicans have a bigger demographic challenge looming over them that winning over the Latino vote, one of which they are less cognizant and of which the solutions are less obvious.
Support for same-sex marriage is a winning issue: 55 percent of 2016 potential voters say they are less likely to support a presidential candidate that opposes same-sex marriage, according to Democracy Corps.
In the early stages of any presidential campaign, the race for money is accompanied by an “ideas primary.” What’s striking about the salad days of the 2016 race is that populism is leading the ideas primary of both parties.
On economic issues, the gap between conservatives and liberals is lower today than at any point since 1999, Gallup finds. More striking is the change in ideological identification on social issues.
The Iowa Working Families Summit had a huge turnout – 600 people from all over the state – and was a sharp contrast to the Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner on the same day.
When push comes to shove, will Clinton merely reshuffle the deck? Or will she stand with everyday people and go toe-to-toe with the corporate and political elite to fundamentally rewrite the rules of the game?
The race for the Democratic nomination for president was transformed today as populist stalwart Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy. In a populist moment, Sanders is the real deal.
Voters support a role for the federal government "in ensuring that every person who wants to work has a job and a good standard of living," according to a report by pollster Celinda Lake.
It’s futile to hope that the GOP’s gaggle of corporate-hugging, right-wing presidential candidates will seriously address the issue of rising inequality in our land. How about the Democrats?
The Populism2015 conference started with a bang Saturday night, as more than 750 activists and member of four national progressive organizations came together to announce a new populist alliance around the Populism2015 agenda.
Populist movements challenge conventional wisdom. They mold opinion rather than reflect it. Yet, the emerging populist agenda – as reflected in the Populism 2015 Platform released this weekend – already enjoys strong public support.
The time is ripe for a woman president and it’s ripe for an unabashed progressive populist agenda. If Hillary Clinton seizes this moment and runs with it, she could make history in more ways than one.
The money primary of the 2016 presidential race is already on, even though most candidates haven't announced yet. Bush and Clinton are projected to do well, but the big winner of the money primary will be the money.
Will white workers still hate the stimulus if the economic recovery it helped spur begins to raise wages? Will they still hate Obamacare if it wins the fight against health cost inflation?
The president and his party should own their victories more often, along with the ideas – and the movement – that made them possible. If they do, they're likely to see more victories in the years to come.
There is no avoiding two harsh realities that “centrist” Democrats must now confront: They appear to be unexpectedly locked in a battle for control of their party, and their policies are unpopular.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become the most visible leader of the growing populist movement that is uniting a new majority around an agenda for change. Here's Warren's thinking about the economy in her own words.
There are end-of-year holiday season bright spots for progressives as we head into the coming year’s fights. In the cities and states progressives are fighting and winning.
Can old New Democrats find their voice in this populist moment? Hillary wants to know. William Galston, veteran scribe of the New Dems, applauds Sen. Chuck Schumer for showing the way. Only one problem: there's no there there.
The “rising American electorate” is sinking, along with many other Americans, into an economic quagmire. If Democrats don't address their needs, they won't just fail to win new voters. They could also lose the ones they have.
Sen. Chuck Schumer started a brawl when he blamed the Democrats' losses on President Obama's success in passing health care reform. Missed in the hubbub is the surprising populist concession of the senator from Wall Street.
Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking "what did the voters want?" But the right question is why did only 36.4 percent of potential voters bother to register and vote?
Public opinion right now actually is tilted fairly leftward, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this weekend as Hillary Clinton was advocating a cautious brand of populism in New York City.
The 2014 election results reveal a failure of Democrats to speak to the progressive populism latent in the American electorate. But there is one sign that this mistake won't be repeated in the next election cycle.
The "Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes Toward Politics and Public Service" asked the wrong questions, and thus fails to paint an accurate picture of the challenges that underlie millennials' political beliefs.
Stan Greenberg still sees a way for Democrats to have a good outcome Tuesday – and it's through the party's base in the "rising American electorate." But to get there, Dems will have to pivot to a more populist message.
Democrats should to learn a lesson from this year's election campaigns: Democrats should be Democrats. Democrats should not try to run away from the things Democrats stand for. It doesn't work.
The conversation was enlightening. It was also alarming – as in, a wake-up call. There's substantial polling data which lays out what must be done. The question is, Will enough Democrats get the message?
Every couple of generations, the stars align to create the potential for monumental, transformative social change. It turns out we're in just such a moment when it comes to tackling poverty in the United States.
With polls showing most Americans just hate companies that renounce their U.S. citizenship to dodge paying their taxes, the DC/corporate-centric outlet Politico says Democrats are making a mistake by pushing this issue.
Fifty-one years ago, thousands of Americans gathered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Today, events in Ferguson, Mo., and North Carolina show how much work remains, and how to carry on the mission of the March.
The game plan: Adopt your competition’s failed economic agenda, make yourself your opponent’s pallid shadow, and base your campaign on issues, positions and priorities that have little or no support among voters.
Pundits suggest populism is capturing the Democratic Party and that populists should declare victory, invite all into their tent, and stop challenging wayward New Democrats and centrists who admit their errors.
Even though we’re five years into recovery from the 2007-2008 recession, many Latino registered voters still feel the effects of the recession and remain worried about their futures.
For Hillary Clinton, the 2016 challenge will be to reassure voters that she is on their side. To overcome the fact that she's Wall Street's favorite candidate, perhaps she should seek out her own Sister Souljah moment.
Democracy Corps' latest memo says that Democrats are "underperforming" with single women, but can win them back by "engaging in a populist economic debate ... with a strong emphasis on women’s issues."
Fighting back against a rigged system was the theme of Elizabeth Warren's rousing speech to Netroots Nation. Inside the hall, "Ready for Warren" hats and signs were everywhere.
Democrats, we're told, are united whereas Republicans are tearing each other apart. But beneath the apparent consensus, a fundamental argument is brewing between the Wall Street and the Warren wing of the party.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren went to Kentucky to campaign for Senate Democratic candidate Allison Grimes. Some smart people have clearly concluded that progressive economic populism is a winning strategy in the South.