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Even California Democrats Are Walking Away From Obama

President Obama is not a very popular leader right now, but while his low approval ratings in states such as Alabama and Utah aren’t surprising, even blue state Californians are frustrated with the commander in chief.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Netanyahu Has Staying Power Despite a Dip in the Polls

The number crunchers at the somewhat conservative Jerusalem Post have taken a look at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s polling and determined that he was at his most popular (82 percent approval) when he sent ground troops into Gaza. Israeli casualties appear to have kneecapped his popularity.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Poll: Americans Continue to Worry About the Economy

The stock market has been soaring for the last five years, but Americans overall take a negative view of the economy.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The Hillary Difference

President Obama’s difficulties do not appear to be hurting Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency in 2016.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Republicans Can Get Away With Killing Minimum Wage Increase

On Wednesday the Senate failed to pass an increase in the minimum wage, even though two-thirds of Americans want it. How can this be?

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Chris Christie Drops 22 Points in New Jersey, Threatening His Chances of Becoming President

Although earlier data showed little impact on the New Jersey governor’s popularity, a new poll shows that Chris Christie may finally pay a political price for the closing of lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Poll: Most Americans Don’t Really Care About Chris Christie Bridge Scandal

For all the print and pixels spilled over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political troubles, he turns out to be pretty untroubled where actual voters are concerned.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year

President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Four Reasons Republicans Might Take Back the Senate in 2014

A new poll shows the GOP on top of the Democrats heading into the midterm elections next year and while it’s far too soon to be definitive, the numbers should alarm the president and his party.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



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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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Even More Americans Than Before Blame GOP for Shutdown

Things are not looking good for the Republicans, as the Grand Old Party takes more of the blame every week for the shutdown that has crippled the government.

Posted on Oct 15, 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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Syria Offers to Turn Over Chemical Weapons for Destruction

Syria has publicly consented to a Russian plan that would see the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile and avoid an attack by the United States.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Poll Pinpoints Public’s Climate Fears

A multinational insurance group’s global survey reveals high public anxiety about the effects of climate change—with 84 percent of people polled saying they expect more natural disasters in the future.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Weiner Tries to Outrun 80 Percent Unfavorable Rating

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has set a record unfavorable rating in a new poll. The candidate meanwhile has released a TV ad focusing “like a laser beam” on his ideas, not his junk.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Measuring GOP Extremism: What Carville and Greenberg’s Latest Polling Reveals

It is becoming increasingly plain that the most formidable obstacle to national progress and global security is the Republican Party—and specifically the extremist factions that currently dominate the GOP.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Poll: Snowden Is a Whistle-Blower, Not a Traitor

American lawmakers on the hunt for NSA leaker Edward Snowden may want to take a look at the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, which finds “Almost every party, gender, income, education, age and income group regards Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Poll: Voters Will Punish Congress for Gun Control Cowardice

There are two questions on every issue that every politician worries about: Do my constituents care? And, more importantly, how much do they care?

Posted on Jun 14, 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.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE


How to Reach the Last 20 Percent

There’s a big reason climate change differs from so many public policy challenges: Unlike other crises, addressing the planet’s major environmental crisis truly requires mass consensus.

Posted on Jan 11, 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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Are You Fatter Than You Were Four Years Ago?

The candidates have talked a lot about health care this election cycle, but not so much about the actual health of Americans. According to a study by Gallup, adult Americans of just about every age are likelier to be obese today than they were in 2008.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Democrats, Especially, Struggle to Register New Voters

A Guardian survey of six swing states finds new voter registration markedly down from 2008 levels, particularly among Democrats. A lack of enthusiasm could be to blame, as could the nationwide effort by Republican-controlled state legislatures to make it more difficult to vote.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Republicans Lost the War With Women the Moment They Declared It

A new poll shows that Obama will likely win re-election thanks overwhelmingly to female voters. Fight a war with women and you’ll lose, because women have always had to fight harder.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Women Give Obama a Huge Boost in Swing States

Women in Ohio prefer Barack Obama to Mitt Romney by a margin of 25 points, according to a new poll. In Pennsylvania, it’s 21 points and in Florida, another swing state, women gave the president a 19-point edge.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Most Americans want pretty much the same outcome from health care reform, and it’s not what either major-party candidate is offering.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Poking Holes in Pakistan

U.S. officials are awfully chuffed over the ability to reach out and bomb someone—most recently it’s maybe, possibly, al-Qaida’s No. 2 Abu Yahya al-Libi and at least four others. Pakistani complaints about a flurry of drone strikes in the last two weeks are falling on deaf ears.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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20 Years After the L.A. Riots and Nothing Has Changed

The killing of Trayvon Martin is a reminder of the racial divide poisoning American life, which has resisted all attempts to bridge it, even after the country elected its first African-American president.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE


‘Freedom Watch’ Goes Dark

In this clip from his axed Fox Business show, “Freedom Watch,” Judge Andrew Napolitano asks some questions that may be too advanced for the average viewer of the Murdochian network—or any habitual viewer of any major network looking to absorb the latest talking points and get on with her day.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Independent Voters Swing to Obama

The prolonged Republican primary campaign appears to be taking a toll on independent voters’ faith in Mitt Romney. According to the latest Pew poll, only a minority of independents now describe Romney as “honest and trustworthy” and slightly more than half of independent voters now favor Barack Obama in a race against Romney, who led the president in that category only a month ago. (more)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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The Uninspired GOP Electorate

Judging by the polls, the better Republican voters come to know these candidates, including Romney, the less they like them.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Everything’s Coming Up Romney

Although Ron Paul leads in some polls and Rick Santorum of all people has started to gain steam, CNN has Mitt Romney winning the Iowa caucuses. A win in Iowa could make Romney’s nomination appear inevitable, as he holds a 27 point lead over his nearest competitor in the New Hampshire primary.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Study: Fox Viewers Suffer Separation From Reality

Pollsters asked New Jersey residents questions about the uprisings in the Arab world and found that watchers of Fox News were the most consistently uninformed. By the researchers’ measures, Fox viewers were 18 points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watched no news at all. (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Cain Tops Poll With Romney, Gingrich Close Behind

We’re not interested in horse-race politics, but it is worth noting that all those pesky sexual harassment allegations haven’t stopped the Cain Train yet. In a CBS News poll, Herman Cain still held on to the lead in the GOP lineup, but Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich nipped at his heels.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



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What About Newt Gingrich?

Republicans are still looking for a non-Romney to carry their banner into the White House, and although Herman Cain appears to be weathering numerous sexual harassment allegations with ease, a new poll shows a certain amphibian nipping at his heels. (more)

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



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American Decline Is Crushing the Middle Class

Only 21 percent of all respondents in a new poll think the lives of their children will be better than their own.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



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He’s for Real: Herman Cain Leads in Iowa

Many keen political observers have not taken the ascendancy of Herman Cain seriously, because they know winning the Republican presidential nomination isn’t about national polls, it’s about Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and the other primaries and caucuses. (more)

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE



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3 Signs Anti-Wall Streeters Are Succeeding

We may be reaching an inflection point, the moment when the terms of the political argument change decisively.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 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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Poll: Do You Know Who Represents You?

David Sirota got us thinking with this tweet: “My guess is that 50% of political [junkies] who follow every shred of news about Obama/GOP don’t have any idea who their state legislator is.” Do you know who represents you in your statehouse? Click here.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama’s Paradox Problem

Call it the Party-of-Government Paradox: If the nation’s capital looks dysfunctional, it will come back to hurt President Obama and the Democrats, even if the Republicans are primarily responsible for the dysfunction.

Posted on Aug 31, 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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Wisconsin Is Ready for a Feingold Comeback

A year and a half after voters gave him the boot, former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold is poised to get his old job back. A new poll shows Feingold leading four hypothetical opponents in the 2012 Senate race by double digits, boasting favorability ratings deserved by one of the great Senate champions.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



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U.K. Poll Shows a Far-Right Swing

In a worrisome poll conducted in the United Kingdom, a whopping 48 percent of respondents said they would consider supporting a new anti-immigration nationalist party that was void of the violence and fascist imagery usually associated with the far right.

Posted on Feb 27, 2011 READ MORE


Media Marvel at Obama’s Move to the Right

With increasing vehemence since the midterm elections, pundits and journalists have recommended Barack Obama move to the right—and now are citing recent polling to suggest that the president has benefited from following their advice.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



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9 Out of 10 Viewers Approve of Obama’s Proposals

If these CBS News poll numbers are to be believed, the president had a very big night. According to the network, “91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.” (more)

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


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Palin Trailin’ in 2012 Poll

This just in: Sarah Palin may not be a shoo-in for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination, according to a new CNN poll released on Tuesday. The survey also suggested that President Obama hasn’t squandered his support from Democrats ...

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 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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President Mama Grizzly?

Could reality television be a legitimate steppingstone to the White House? Well, in at least one case—guess who?—that could be true, according to a newly released national poll of GOP voters.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


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