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Expertise: Elections, political demography, public opinion

Ruy Teixeira is a Senior Fellow at both The Century Foundation and American Progress. He is also co-director of the States of Change: Demographics and Democracy project, a collaboration that brings together American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute, and demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution. The goals of the project are to document and analyze the challenges to democracy posed by the rapid demographic evolution of the United States, from the 1970s to the year 2060 and to promote a wide-ranging and bipartisan discussion of America’s demographic future and what it portends for political parties and the policy challenges they—and the country—face.

He is the author or co-author of seven books, including America’s New Swing Region: Changing Politics and Demographics in the Mountain West; Red, Blue and Purple America: The Future of Election Demographics; The Emerging Democratic Majority; America’s Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters; and The Disappearing American Voter, as well as hundreds of articles, both scholarly and popular.

Teixeira’s book, The Emerging Democratic Majority, written with John Judis in 2002, was the most widely discussed political book of that year and generated praise across the political spectrum, from George Will on the right to E.J. Dionne on the left. It was selected as one of the best books of the year by The Economist magazine.

Teixeira’s recent writings include “The Political Consequences of the Great Recession,” “Beyond Identity Politics,” “The Obama Coalition in the 2012 Election and Beyond,” and “The Path to 270: Demographics Versus Economics in the 2012 Presidential Election” (all with John Halpin); “From Welfare State to Opportunity State: How Progressives Should Respond to Demographic Change” and “The European Paradox” (with Matt Browne and John Halpin); “Demographic Change and the Future of the Parties”; “New Progressive America”; “New Progressive America: The Millennial Generation” (with David Madland); and “The Decline of the White Working Class and the Rise of a Mass Upper Middle Class” (with Alan Abramowitz).

Teixeira holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

By Ruy Teixeira
The Path to 270 in 2016, RevisitedCenter for American ProgressOctober 6, 2016
A Blending American YouthCenter for American ProgressSeptember 7, 2016
Election OracleCenter for American ProgressFebruary 25, 2016
America’s Electoral FutureCenter for American ProgressFebruary 25, 2016
The Path to 270 in 2016Center for American ProgressDecember 17, 2015
The Demographic Evolution of the American Electorate, 1980–2060Center for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2015
States of ChangeCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2015
The Political Consequences of the Great RecessionCenter for American ProgressNovember 6, 2014
Beyond Identity PoliticsWashington MonthlyJune 10, 2014
Building an All-In NationCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2013
Public’s Dos and Don’ts on Handling the Fiscal ShowdownCenter for American ProgressDecember 17, 2012
Public Supports Increased Spending in Key AreasCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2012
3 Lessons the 2012 Election Taught Us About the Progressive CoalitionCenter for American ProgressDecember 4, 2012
The Obama Coalition in the 2012 Election and BeyondCenter for American ProgressDecember 4, 2012
2 Things the Public Wants Policymakers to RememberCenter for American ProgressDecember 3, 2012
Public Turns Against Repeal of ObamacareCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2012
What Do the Voters Want?Center for American ProgressNovember 13, 2012
The Return of the Obama CoalitionCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2012
Public Rejects ‘You’re on Your Own’ EconomicsCenter for American ProgressNovember 5, 2012
Public Supports Raising Taxes on the Rich, Opposes Repealing ObamacareCenter for American ProgressOctober 30, 2012
Public Wants to Give Legalization a ChanceCenter for American ProgressOctober 15, 2012
The Public Blames Bush and Favoring the Wealthy for Our Economic ProblemsCenter for American ProgressOctober 9, 2012
Just Say No to Voucherizing MedicareCenter for American ProgressOctober 1, 2012
Are We Past the Tipping Point on Support for Marriage Equality?Center for American ProgressSeptember 24, 2012
The Path to 270 RevisitedCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2012
Stimulus Plan Not So Bad After AllCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2012
2 Different Approaches to Deficit ReductionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2012
Public Supports Infrastructure Spending to Create JobsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 4, 2012
Public Says Keep Medicare the Way It Is!Center for American ProgressAugust 27, 2012
Americans Have a Different Plan to Grow the EconomyCenter for American ProgressAugust 13, 2012
Public Still Backs Government Role in Health CareCenter for American ProgressAugust 6, 2012
Public Sees Benefit in Raising Taxes on the RichCenter for American ProgressJuly 30, 2012
Public Says Keep or Expand ObamacareCenter for American ProgressJuly 9, 2012
Americans Are Concerned About OutsourcingCenter for American ProgressJuly 2, 2012
Public Supports Obama’s Mini-DREAM AnnouncementCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2012
Rich Drawing Away from the Poor and Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2012
Public to Conservatives: Government Regulation Can Be Good!Center for American ProgressJune 11, 2012
Don’t Repeal or Cut Funding for ObamacareCenter for American ProgressJune 4, 2012
Support for Marriage Equality Hits New HighsCenter for American ProgressMay 29, 2012
America’s New Swing RegionNational JournalMay 24, 2012
Millennials Want a More Equitable SocietyCenter for American ProgressMay 21, 2012
Americans Still Support Environmental ProtectionCenter for American ProgressMay 14, 2012
Support for Marriage Equality Increases, Support for Abortion Rights Holds SteadyCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2012
The Death of Public Support for Global Warming Action Is Greatly ExaggeratedCenter for American ProgressApril 30, 2012
Public Wants the Government to Do More to Help the EconomyCenter for American ProgressApril 23, 2012
Yes, Conservatives, Americans Do Care About FairnessCenter for American ProgressApril 16, 2012
Americans Disagree with the Ryan Budget’s PrioritiesCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2012
What the Public Thinks of Obamacare, by ComponentCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2012
Health Care Reform, Two Years InCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2012
A Preview of Public Opinion on the New Ryan BudgetCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2012
Americans and Israelis Urge Caution on Military Action Against IranCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2012
Can Obama Recapture the Hispanic Vote?The New York TimesMarch 6, 2012
Public Says Stimulus, Auto Bailout Helped the EconomyCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2012
Cut Military Spending, Tax the RichCenter for American ProgressFebruary 27, 2012
Public Supports Birth Control ProvisionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 21, 2012
Public Supports Obama’s Progressive ProposalsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2012
Americans Want to Extend the Payroll Tax Cut NowCenter for American ProgressFebruary 6, 2012
The Public Is Ready for Tax ReformCenter for American ProgressJanuary 30, 2012
Americans Believe Our Economic System Favors the WealthyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2012
Un vistazo a la opinión pública: Sí, los ricos son diferentes. Tienen demasiado poder.Center for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2012
Yes, the Rich Are Different. They Have Too Much PowerCenter for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2012
Ruy Teixeira on the Path to 270 Electoral VotesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 10, 2012
A Reminder to Conservatives: Hands off Medicare and Social Security!Center for American ProgressDecember 19, 2011
Earth to Conservatives: Don’t Raise Taxes on the Poor and Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressDecember 12, 2011
The American Public Still Backs Health ReformCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2011
The Path to 270Center for American ProgressNovember 22, 2011
Millennials: Still Progressive After All These YearsCenter for American ProgressNovember 21, 2011
Americans Favor Action on InequalityCenter for American ProgressNovember 14, 2011
The Public’s Priorities for GovernmentCenter for American ProgressNovember 7, 2011
Public Calls for Fair EconomyCenter for American ProgressOctober 31, 2011
Public Warms to Occupy Wall Street ProtestersCenter for American ProgressOctober 17, 2011
Obama’s New Populism Isn’t Alienating ModeratesThe New RepublicOctober 11, 2011
Tax the Rich, Pass the Jobs BillCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2011
Americans Support ImmigrationCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2011
Strong Public Support for Action on JobsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2011
Lessons of 9/11Center for American ProgressSeptember 19, 2011
Public Ready for American Jobs ActCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2011
Focus on Jobs, Don’t Mess with Medicare and Social SecurityCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2011
Public Shows No Love for Tea Party, BushCenter for American ProgressAugust 29, 2011
How to Exploit America’s Contradictory Relationship to KeynesThe New RepublicAugust 25, 2011
“Yes” for Public School Choice, “No” for VouchersCenter for American ProgressAugust 22, 2011
Unfinished Business After the Debt DealCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2011
Obama’s Unhealthy Obsession With IndependentsThe New RepublicAugust 2, 2011
Leave Medicare Out of ItCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2011
Who’s on Whose Side?Center for American ProgressJuly 25, 2011
Does Obama Have a Problem With His Base?The New RepublicJuly 25, 2011
Hey Policymakers, Don’t Forget about Jobs!Center for American ProgressJuly 18, 2011
Hands Off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid!Center for American ProgressJuly 11, 2011
Public Calls for Action on HousingCenter for American ProgressJuly 5, 2011
Marriage Equality: Have We Reached the Tipping Point?Center for American ProgressJune 20, 2011
The Public on How to Do (and Not Do) Deficit ReductionCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2011
What Part of “No” Don’t Conservatives Understand?Center for American ProgressJune 6, 2011
Don’t End Medicaid as We Know It, EitherCenter for American ProgressMay 31, 2011
Ohio Voters Support Repealing New Law Limiting Collective BargainingCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2011
Public to Conservatives: Hands off Entitlements, Tax the RichCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2011
The Public’s Support for Alternative Energy and a Path to Citizenship Transcends Political BarriersCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2011
The Public’s Top Priority Is Still JobsCenter for American ProgressMay 2, 2011
Public Is Strongly Against Cutting MedicareCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2011
Conservatives Double Down on Unpopular PoliciesCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2011
The Demographic Change and Progressive Political Strategy SeriesCenter for American ProgressApril 7, 2011