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Politics: The Missing Link of Responsible Civic Education
Over the course of the last year, the Center for Politics engaged in a comprehensive national research project to better understand the political attitudes and knowledge among American high school students in grades nine through twelve. The goal: to examine possible catalysts for declining youth participation in the American democratic process of campaigns and elections, as well as declining trust in the political process, to assist in enhancing civic education and fostering long-term civic engagement nationwide.
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Virginia Votes 2003: Not much to remember,
not much to forget

This latest chapter in the Virginia Votes series looks at the General Assembly elections of 2003. "In a state with an election every year, it is unreasonable to expect intense competition each November," said Sabato. "But Virginia's 2003 General Assembly contests tried the patience of any who believe in representative democracy."
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Virginia Votes 1999 - 2002
This edition of the Virginia Votes series looks at the GOPís takeover of the General Assembly in 1999, the 2000 U.S. Senate race, the 2001 gubernatorial race and the statewide referenda of 2002.

     Download Cover and Appendix

     Download Chapter One
     (The 1999 General Assembly Elections)

     Download Chapter Two
     (The 2000 Republican Presidential Primary)

     Download Chapter Three
     (The 2000 Presidential and Congressional Contests)

     Download Chapter Four
     (The 2001 Statewide Nominations)

     Download Chapter Five
     (The 2001 General Election)

     Download Chapter Six
     (The 2002 U.S Senate and Congressional Elections)


Report on the National Symposium on Presidential Selection
As a follow-up to its National Symposium Series on Presidential Selection, the Center authored a report on election reform suggestions. The analysis focused on three major elements of the presidential selection process-the nominating process, the voting process, and the Electoral College.
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Virginia Votes 2001
The latest Virginia Votes report, entitled "The 2001 Gubernatorial Election in Virginia: The Rise of Two-Party Competition," focuses on the 2001 Gubernatorial and House of Delegates races by providing comprehensive analysis of the cadidates and political landscape of Virginia. Included are numerous charts and tables breaking down the election results and providing an in-depth look at the voter turnout of the Novemeber elections.
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Virginia Bellwether Localities
So which way was the wind blowing in Virginia's 2001 governor's race? You can look to public opinion polls for the answer, though they often change with the wind. Or you can look to history. This article takes a look at the "bellwether" cities and counties that always or almost always have voted with the winner.
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Larry Sabato's Political Maps
People vote, not trees, or rocks, or territory. This is the theory behind University of Virginia professor Larry J. Sabato's Political Maps. The maps are what politicians, their staffs and political consultants actually see when they look at a map of our nation and of Virginia.
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Sabato's Crystal Ball
Center Director Larry Sabato's comprehensive election predictions and analysis website.
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The Housing Gap: A Political Analysis of American Voters by Housing Tenure (by Howard R. Ernst)
This report explores homeownership as a key political variable to understanding public opinion and voting behavior in the U.S. The first part of the study focuses extensive attention on the socio-demographic characteristics of voters by housing tenure. The second part of the report focuses on overtly political factors such as political participation, partisan identification, and ideology.
     Part I (0.45mb pdf) | Part II (0.58mb) | Part III (0.54mb)

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