I’m a happy homebody, and so are many Americans.

On most weekdays, a coworker of mine enthusiastically asks me “what are you doing tonight?”. Usually my answer is quite dull, ranging from “laundry” to “I’m behind on my shows” with a smattering of “I need to vacuum” (note: I do have friends). Luckily for me, a little more than seven in ten Americans identify […]

Maddest Month of the Year

This Sunday will bring tears and joy to many, as Selection Sunday determines what teams dance their way into March Madness. Whether or not you are an avid college basketball fan, the tournament captures much of the nation’s attention this month. The tournament’s schedule of games during the workday leaves many trying to watch from […]

American Optimism Driven by Trump Republicans

The belief that the United States of America will be the world’s leading nation in 20 years is at its highest point in a decade.  The latest NBC/WSJ poll, conducted January 13-17, 2018, shows that 47{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} of American adults say the U.S. will be the world’s leading nation in 20 years, compared to 26{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} who […]

Trump’s First State of the Union: How Will it Affect the State of Play?

Tomorrow night, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union (SOTU) address to Congress and the American people.  With Trump’s approval rating currently clocking in at 36{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} approve/59{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} disapprove according to Gallup, one might naturally assume that the SOTU offers the perfect opportunity for Trump to hit the reset button and attempt to […]

Wondering what to order on a first date?

If you have ever felt stressed about what to order on a first date, do not fear; there is survey data to guide you. Or you need to make sure you are dining with someone in the 30{09f965da52dc6ab4c1643a77bd40d1f729d807040cd8db540234bb981a782222} of adults who believes a person should order whatever they want on a first date, nothing is […]

Wave Watch

This past May, I wrote a piece positing that the generic Congressional vote averages from surveys taken roughly until Memorial Day of the year preceding an election are not reliable indicators of a party’s performance in that election.  Seven months later – and now less than 11 months from Election Day – I thought it […]

Surviving the 2018 Election

M E M O R A N D U M TO: INTERESTED PARTIES FROM: THE POLITICAL TEAM RE: SURVIVING THE 2018 ELECTION DATE: NOVEMBER 9, 2017 Introduction The 2018 election will be the first mid-term election with a Republican in the White House since 2006, which was a grim year for Republican candidates.  That year, […]

Suburban Uprising

Perhaps one of the more concerning aspects of the 2017 election in Virginia is the clear signal it sends about GOP troubles in the ‘burbs – urban suburbs to be more precise.  It was not just in Northern Virginia that Republican candidates experienced a suburban rejection, but also in the urban suburbs surrounding Richmond. The […]

Mr. Trump Goes to Asia

President Trump began his nearly two-week tour of Asia with a stop in Japan yesterday, with further stops planned for South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. With American leadership of paramount importance for the region’s security in the face of North Korea’s nuclear provocations, now is a pertinent time to take a look at […]

The Politics of Pumpkin

Just when you thought political polarization could not get worse, even autumnal flavors and scents have a partisan divide. Pumpkin spice emerged as a flavor and scent phenomenon at Starbucks in 2003, and has since become a consumer juggernaut appearing in everything from cookies to condoms. But recently its proliferation has been stalled by a […]

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