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Throw the Bums Out: Americans Sour on Their Own Representatives

Usually when we report on voters’ disapproval of Congress, it’s with the caveat that most people like their own incumbents. That’s not so anymore.

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Approval of Congress Skyrockets to 13 Percent

Thirteen percent of adults approve of the job Congress is doing, according to Gallup, but things could be worse.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Record High 42 Percent of Americans Identify as Independents

Just over two-fifths of Americans on average identified as political independents in 2013, the highest rate Gallup has measured since it began conducting polls by telephone 25 years ago. Republican identification fell to 25 percent, the lowest over that span.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE


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Poll Finds Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Pot

The so-called gateway drug is getting some respect: Echoing results from a Gallup poll taken in October, a CNN/ORC International survey found this week that 55 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana—and they’re not so inclined to moralize about it either. 

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A Majority of Americans Supports Legalizing Marijuana

We’ve come a long way since Gallup first starting asking the question in 1969, when only 12 percent favored legalized cannabis.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Republican Favorability Dives to Record Low

Only 28 percent of those polled had a favorable view of Republicans—that’s down 10 points from last month and “the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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For the First Time in Years, Most Americans Like George W. Bush

Although it’s true that people tend to feel better about presidents the further removed they are from office, not every president is George W. Bush.

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Gallup Rethinks Methodology After 2012 Humiliation

One of the most trusted names in polling has conducted a thorough examination of its formula and methodology to try to figure out why it was so sure Mitt Romney would win the 2012 presidential election.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Americans Fear Iran but There Is Much to Learn From Cuba

A Gallup poll issued this month says that 99 percent of the American public now has become convinced that Iran’s civilian nuclear program will threaten “the vital interests of the United States in the next ten years.” Eighty-three percent say this will be “a critical threat.” Why?

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Americans Think Obama Will Win, Polls Be Damned

It’s going down to the wire as an extremely close election, but a majority of Americans (54 percent) believes Barack Obama will beat Mitt Romney, according to Gallup, even though the same polling outfit shows Romney in the lead.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Poll: Majority of Veterans Back Romney

Veterans prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president in the 2012 election by 58 to 34 percent, according to a Gallup poll released Memorial Day. The survey also showed that non-veterans support Obama over Romney by four percentage points, 48 to 44 percent.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Rick Perry’s Texans Are Searching for Herman Cain

According to Google’s data, “4 of the top 10 cities with the most searches for [Herman Cain] are major cities right in Texas.” Those would be Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. (more)

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Job Approval Sinks to a New Low

The president’s job-approval rating has never been lower, according to the number crunchers at Gallup. Obama currently clocks in with 39 percent approval, lower by Gallup’s reckoning than every president since Harry Truman at this time in their respective terms—except for Jimmy Carter. That’s not much to brag about.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Americans Admire Glenn Beck More Than the Dalai Lama

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top the USA Today/Gallup Poll lists of the most admired men and women in 2010. Obama has lost some love since last year, but still has more admiration among Americans than the rest of the top 10 combined. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Gonna Party Like It’s 1994

A new Gallup poll shows that American attitudes about the Republicans and Democrats are similar to attitudes in 1994, when the Democrats lost Congress. More Americans, Gallup claims, say they share Republican values and a Republican view of government. Americans feel that neither party, however, really understands their problems.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama’s Job Approval Slips Below 50 Percent

President Barack Obama’s on-the-job approval rating is slipping, with two polls in the past week showing that fewer than half of those surveyed are happy with the way he is conducting the business of the presidency.

Posted on Nov 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Is Texas a Closeted Blue State?

Hold on to your 10-gallon: Gallup’s polling data from the last election show that more Texans identify as Democrats than Republicans. That hasn’t translated into a political earthquake just yet, but it may only be a matter of time. Changing demographics make the Lone Star State and its 34 electoral votes a tempting target for Democrats.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE



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Bush and Obama Hang at the White House

Barack and Michelle Obama exchanged warm greetings with George and Laura Bush when they visited the White House Monday. Continuing a tradition, No. 43 and No. 44 held a private meeting, with only the two of them present. The public holds the two men in opposite regard, according to a Gallup poll released the day of their meeting.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Leads by 11

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has pulled significantly ahead of Republican rival John McCain, taking an 11-point lead after Tuesday night’s presidential debate, according to the latest Gallup Poll.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Has a Surge of His Own

At first it looked as if Barack Obama’s world tour, despite all the media attention, wasn’t going to translate into more votes. The senator himself warned that he could actually lose points for globetrotting. The latest Gallup poll, however, shows a trend in Obama’s favor. The candidate held a lead of nine points on Sunday. Updated.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Looking Beyond the ‘Racial Divide’

Sen. Barack Obama’s latest, and possibly greatest, challenge is to overcome a simplistic view that the United States is hopelessly split by a racial divide that could badly damage his candidacy.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


Poll: Clinton and Giuliani Are Slipping

A new USA Today/Gallup poll fits a trend other surveys have been pointing toward, namely that the front-runners in both parties are slowly losing their headlock on the election. Hillary Clinton, though still in the lead nationally, has lost 11 points in a month while Barack Obama and John Edwards have both picked up a few. Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee, once firmly stuck in statistically insignificant territory, continues his climb, like that other famous Arkansan who surprised his way to his party’s nomination.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Watergate-Era Nixon Beats Bush in Poll

According the esteemed Gallup Poll, it’s not just that Americans largely disapprove of George W. Bush, but that half strongly disapprove. In fact, Bush has more intense disapproval than Nixon had during Watergate.

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Americans Want Timetable for Iraq

According to Gallup, a majority of Americans disapprove of the way all parties involved are handling Iraq, though the Dems got slightly better numbers than Bush or congressional Republicans. Most Americans want some kind of timetable, and a huge majority wants benchmarks for progress.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Hillary’s Downward Spiral

The folks at Gallup have noticed a unique trend in the race for the White House: Hillary Clinton’s numbers have been heading steadily down. In fact, no other candidate, whether Republican or Democrat, shows as clear and consistent a trajectory. Time for a May surprise?

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Fun With Numbers

This far out from an election, pundits and statisticians frequently turn to national polls for something to talk about, but there’s more fun to be had with polling than a hypothetical showdown between candidates who haven’t even secured their party’s nomination. For instance: according to Gallup, the percentage of people who object to staying on the 13th floor of a hotel is, oddly enough, 13.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE


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The Five Greatest Presidents

Abraham Lincoln has defeated Ronald Reagan to retake the title of greatest American president in the eyes of most Americans. Reagan had briefly usurped Lincoln following his death in 2005, according to Gallup, which regularly updates the standings. The current top five greatest presidents, in order, are: Lincoln, Reagan, Kennedy, Clinton and FDR.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Clinton Enjoys Greatest Popularity in Years

Bill Clinton’s favorability rating has reached its highest level since 1998, 63 percent, closing in on the former president’s all-time high. While the Clintons have shared similar numbers over the years, trends show Bill’s popularity steadily outpacing that of his wife.

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 READ MORE


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It’s Not Just the War, Stupid

A 13-year veteran of the Gallup Poll presents some counterintuitive conclusions about the real motivations underlying Americans’ votes on Tuesday—and also teases out some unexpected data about the youth vote.

Posted on Nov 9, 2006 READ MORE


Poll: Roughly Two-Thirds Favor Iraq Withdrawal

And 31% want it to start immediately, according to a new Gallup poll.

Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


Poll: More Americans Self-Identify as Democrats Than Republicans

According to Gallup, Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independents make up 49% of the population, Republicans 42%. Last year, the parties were dead even at 46%.

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


Poll: Half of U.S. Rejects Evolution, Backs Bible

The Gallup report summarizes the findings: “[A] substantial portion of Americans…[are] not so quick to agree with the preponderance of scientific evidence.”
Support for the such beliefs declines steadily with education: Among those with high school diplomas, 58% are Bible backers; among those with postgraduate degrees, only 25%.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


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