Am Govt Homework One Answers - Student Four

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Ed's (TeacherEd) Homework 1 Answers

1. I believe the economy, government spending (which is related to the economy, but a bit different), and the Tea Parties will have the biggest effect on the upcoming election. I think the economy is definitely the #1 issue, as it often has been in the past (especially when times are tough). People's concern about huge government spending in the past year will also play a big role. Finally, I think the emergence of the increasingly popular Tea Parties and their grassroots efforts to give the government back to the people will be another big factor. So I would weight these as follows: Economy - 50% Government Spending - 25% Tea Parties - 15% Other factors - 10%

Excellent answer.

2. House: 257 Democrats and 178 Republicans, for a total of 435 members. Senate: 59 Democrats and 41 Republicans, for a total of 100 members.

Good answer. Note that there are two vacancies.

3. No, the President will not be on the ballot until 2012. The President is elected for a 4-year term, and the last election was in 2008. Even if the President resigns or is otherwise removed from office, there will be no presidential election until 2012.

Correct answer.

4. I think the House will have 220 Republicans and 215 Democrats after the election. The Senate will have 52 Democrats and 48 Republicans. I arrived at this prediction by doing some research into current state-by-state polling and counting up the current leaders in each race. It was interesting to discover in the process that in many polls voters do in fact cite the economy and government spending as some of the key factors involved in their decision making.

Superb answer, the best so far to this question.

5. I think the biggest change would happen if the Democrats in Congress formally denounce Obama and his policies (as many are already doing behind the scenes) - that would likely greatly boost their chances of staying in office.

Possibly, but it is tough for a politician to distance himself from his own party leadership. Republicans were not able to distance themselves from George W. Bush in 2008, and your answer might have addressed that difficulty. Extra credit: 4/5
Score: 40/40 on regular part, plus 4 extra credit points, for a superb score of 44. Terrific start!--Andy Schlafly 09:57, 6 September 2010 (EDT)