Can Romney Get a Majority?

Trends in American Values: 1987–2012: Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years

by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
June 4, 2012, 164 pp., available at

During the past century, how many Republican challengers have unseated Democratic presidents? Hint: there have been six such bids. Answer: only one, when Ronald Reagan turned out Jimmy Carter in 1980. This year, the GOP will be trying again. To do so, it will have to muster a majority for Romney and Ryan; in the electoral college, of course, but also among the voters, if it wants a victory viewed as legitimate.

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