a1 Emory University
An examination of the results of the recent midterm elections indicates that the new House of Representatives will probably be the most conservative and ideologically polarized House since the end of World War II. Republicans will hold 242 seats after a net gain of 63 seats, constituting the largest Republican majority in the House of Representatives since the 80th Congress (1947–49), which also had 242 Republican members.
Alan I. Abramowitz is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University. He has authored or co-authored six books and numerous articles and book chapters on American elections, voting behavior, and public opinion and is a senior columnist for Sabato's Crystal Ball. His most recent book is The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization and American Democracy (Yale University Press, 2010). He can be reached at email@example.com.