Elizabeth McElvein

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Elizabeth McElvein is a first year law student at the University of Michigan. Prior to law school, she was an oversight and investigations staffer at the House Judiciary Committee and a research assistant at the Brookings Institution.

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Campaign 2016

Public Opinion on National Security: The End of the GOP's Advantage?

Normally, when a terrorist attack happens, the shakeup in public opinion is thought to help Republicans. And many commentators today are wondering whether the attacks in New York and New Jersey might thus help Donald Trump, as the San Bernadino attacks are believed to have done during the GOP primaries.

Campaign 2016

Public Opinion on National Security: A Big Factor in Voter Attitudes

A flood of recent polling data shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in a head-to-head national match up, as well as in several key swing states. An oft-cited YouGov/Economist poll released last week found that in a two-way election, 47 percent of Americans would vote for Hillary Clinton and 41 percent would vote for Trump.

Campaign 2016

Public Opinion on National Security: A First Installment

Ben has asked me to keep track of public opinion data related to national security on the benefit of Lawfare readers. There are relatively few polls on national security issues specifically, but questions on matters of concern to this readership show up in more general polls all the time. I’ll try to flag them when they do.

Here are two recent examples: