At a time of potential danger to American democratic norms and institutions, it is more urgent than ever for scholars to highlight the risks to our system of government. In this spirit, Bright Line Watch brings together a group of political scientists to monitor democratic practices, their resilience, and potential threats.
Rebound in Confidence: American Democracy and the 2022 Midterm Elections
The November 2022 midterm elections narrowly returned the United States to divided government. From the perspective of American democracy, the most noteworthy result was the underperformance of election denier candidates allied with former President Trump and their acceptance of the results (with only one prominent exception – Kari Lake in Arizona). To understand the outcome of the election and its effects on perceptions of democracy in the United States, we fielded parallel surveys of 707 political scientists and a representative sample of 2750 Americans from November 22-December 2, 2022.
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A Year After Jan. 6, Millions of Americans Support Violence by Blake Hounshell and Leah Askarinam at The New York Times, 1/5/2022
Why Jan. 6th Was Not A Turning Point by FiveThirtyEight Politics, 1/4/2022
by Jonathan Bernstein at The Washington Post, 12/23/2021
by Dana Milbank at The Washington Post, 12/17/2021
by Jonathan Bernstein at The Washington Post, 12/17/21
Republicans’ belief in Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ holds steady as confidence in U.S. elections dips by Eli Stokols at Los Angeles Times, 12/16/2021
by Travis Waldron at HuffPost, 12/16/21
by Christopher Ingraham at The Why Axis (Substack), 12/16/2021