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Most Americans Don’t Think Barack Obama Is Black

President Obama Addresses The Nation On The Situation In Syria

A new Pew Research poll finds something very interesting when it asks Americans how they perceive the President of the United States: [A]ccording to data in a fascinating new Pew Research Center study, a majority of Americans describe the President as “mixed race” while just more than a quarter (27 percent) call him “black.” While […]

Republican Governors Trailing Democratic Opponents In Five States


Along with capturing the House, Republicans also made headlines in 2010 by capturing a slew of Governor’s races, including races in states like Pennsylvania where Democrats seemed to be dominant. Those Governors elected in 2010 are up for re-election in 2014, though, and many of them are in trouble: The polls, conducted by the Democratic-leaning […]

The Less Americans Know About Ukraine, The More They Support Intervening There

Ukraine On Map

Some interesting conclusions from the guys at The Monkey Blog: On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc. (SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but with a twist: In addition to measuring standard demographic characteristics and general foreign policy attitudes, we […]

Trust In State Government


A new poll finds that people in Illinois have an accurate assessment of politics in their state.

Democratic Senator Kay Hagan Trails All Opponents In North Carolina

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One of the states key to Republican hopes of retaking the Senate in November is North Carolina, where Kay Hagan, who defeated Elizabeth Dole in one of the most closely watched races of 2008. As with states such as Arkansas, Louisiana, South Dakota, and West Virginia, the Tarheel State is one that Mitt Romney won […]

2014 Voter Enthusiasm Favors Republicans


For now at least, Republicans are far more enthusiastic about voting in November than Democrats. That could be decisive.

Koch Brothers Not As Big A Deal As Democrats Would Hope

Koch Brothers

If the opening months of the 2014 campaign are any indication, Democrats intend to make the Koch Brothers a central focus of their campaign against the GOP this year. Indeed, the libertarian-oriented politically active brothers have been something of a bugaboo on the left since the 2010 midterms and have garnered more attention on MSNBC […]

American Skepticism About Interventionism Is A Return To Historical Norms


Americans are skeptical about getting involved in the Ukraine crisis. This isn’t a surprise.

Jeanne Shaheen Leads Scott Brown In Early New Hampshire Senate Polls

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On Friday, former Massaschusetts Senator Scott Brown effectively threw his hat in the ring for the GOP nomination to challenge Jeane Shaheen in New Hampshire when he announced the formation of an exploratory committee and the start of the ubiquitous listening tour that candidates who are running-for-office-but-not-officially-yet engage in. Today, the first real polls released […]

Hillary Leads Everyone In Iowa

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A new Quinnipiac Poll from the Hawkeye State shows Hillary Clinton leading every potential opponent, Republican or Democratic: Hillary Clinton is a big favorite to win the swing state of Iowa if she runs for president in 2016, according to a new poll. The Quinnipiac University poll shows Clinton leading four top potential Republican opponents by at […]

Millennials Lean Left, But Reject Political Parties


Young voters reject political parties to a greater extent than other voters, but on policy issues they trend Democratic

John McCain: America’s Least Popular Senator

John McCain

According to a new Public Policy Polling survey, John McCain is the least popular currently serving Senator: Sen. John McCain is the least popular senator in the country of those surveyed by Public Policy Polling, with low marks from members of his own party, independents and Democrats.six Just 30 percent of Arizona voters approve of […]

Support For Same-Sex Marriage Reaches New High


As the victories for marriage eqnuality in both the courts and the state legislatures continue to mount, a new poll shows support for same-sex marriage has reached an all-time high: Half of all Americans believe that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll in which a […]

Americans Have Mostly Negative View Of Putin And Russia

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The Cold War may be over, but the negative opinions in the U.S. regarding Russia and its leadership seem to have continued.

Obsessing Over Bill Clinton And Sex Would Be A Dumb 2016 Campaign Strategy For Republicans

Bill Clinton

Going after Hillary Clinton by attacking her husband won’t work.

Poll: GOP Out Of Touch With Women


A new CNN/ORC poll confirms something that election results going back to at least 2008 already seemed to confirm, namely that the GOP has a problem with women: A majority of Americans, and women in particular, do not believe the Republican Party understands the problems and concerns of women today. That’s the headline from a […]

Chris Christie in Free Fall

Chris Christie Victory Speech 2013

The bridge closing scandal seems to have at least temporarily damaged Chris Christie’s public standing. CNN (“CNN/ORC Poll: Christie’s loss appears to be Clinton’s gain“): In late November and early December, in the wake of Chris Christie’s landslide re-election victory, the Republican governor from New Jersey was riding high in the polls. Christie topped the […]

Most Americans Now See Iraq And Afghanistan Wars As Failures

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Most Americans now see America’s decade of war as a failure.

Crist Leads Scott In Florida Governor’s Poll

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Former Governor, and Republican turned Democrat, Charlie Crist, has a strong lead over Republican Governor Rick Scott in a new poll: Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is leading incumbent Gov. Rick Scott in his campaign to retake the governor’s mansion as a Democrat. Crist tops Scott 46 percent to 38 percent in a Quinnipiac poll […]

Mike Huckabee Climbs To Top In GOP 2016 Poll

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Huckabee resurgent? A new poll makes the case, but it’s far too early to say.

Poll: Majority Support For Extending Unemployment Benefits


A new poll indicates majority support for the idea of extending unemployment benefits: Washington (CNN) - As a push to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed faces an uncertain future in Congress, a new national poll indicates majority support for a three-month extension. According to a Quinnipiac University survey, 58% of registered voters nationwide say they […]

Self-Identified Independents Hit Record High, Self-Identified Republicans Hit Record Low


There are more self-identified Independents in the country than at any time in the past two decades, according to a new Gallup poll. And it’s mostly at the expense of the GOP.

Poll: 55% Support Legalization Of Marijuana

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A new poll shows that a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana: A majority of Americans thinks marijuana should be legal, a new poll finds, with support steadily increasing over the past few years. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed thought using pot should be legal, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday night, compared […]

Another Vast Majority Opposes Idea Of Washington Redskins Changing Their Name


A new poll shows that the vast majority of Americans oppose the idea of the Washington Redskins changing their team name: Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to say the Washington Redskins do not need to change their name, according to a new poll. A full 90 percent of Republicans surveyed by Public Policy […]

Just 60% Of Americans, 43% Of Republicans, Accept Theory Of Evolution

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Once again, a poll shows that large numbers of Americans, and most Americans, reject Evolution via Natural Selection as the explanation for humanity’s origin. How do we explain that?

Afghanistan Most Unpopular War Ever?

US Afghanistan

The “good war” no more.

Republicans Take Slight Lead in Generic Congressional Ballot


So far at least, the 2014 elections do not appear likely to be a political earthquake on the scale of 2006, 2008, or 2010.

Santa’s Race? Most Americans Don’t Care, But Most Republicans Think He’s White


More evidence that the “War On Christmas” is mostly a conservative fantasy: Most Americans don’t care about Santa’s race, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, but nearly half of the Republicans surveyed think Santa should be portrayed as white. (…) Although Democrats (by a 68 percent to 20 percent margin) and independents (by a 61 percent […]

Just 8% Of Americans Trust Congress

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A new Gallup poll shows that Members of Congress are viewed as being less trustworthy than pretty much any other profession in the country:   Jonathan Capehart seems to find some significance in the fact that the number of people who say they trust Congress dropped from 10% to 8% in just two weeks based […]

Millennials Losing The Obama Love


One of the core members of President Obama’s constituency in 2008 and 2012 seems to be falling away: President Obama’s support among young voters has fallen to 45 percent, according to a new USA Today/Pew Research Center Poll. Forty-five percent of young Americans – aged 18 to 29 – said they approved of Obama’s job performance, […]

Paul Ryan Most Popular Among Iowa GOPers, Hillary Leads Among Iowa Democrats


A new Des Moines Register poll shows Paul Ryan as the most popular potential Republican choice among Iowa Republicans, while Hillary Clinton leads among Iowa Democrats: Iowa Republicans are wowed by Paul Ryan, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows. Mitt Romney’s 2012 running mate is wildly popular here with a 73 percent favorability rating, a […]

‘Merry Christmas’ v. ‘Happy Holidays’?: Most Americans Don’t Care

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It would appear that most Americans are conscientious objectors when it comes to the Fox News Channel created “War On Christmas”: Last December, the Pew Research Center asked Americans whether they prefer stores and businesses to greet their customers by saying “Merry Christmas,” or “less religious terms such as ‘Happy Holidays’ and ‘Season’s Greetings.’” The […]

One Year Later, Support For Gun Control Back To Pre-Newtown Levels

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Gun control has faded as a political issue as the memory of Newtown has faded, and that was entirely predictable.

Tea Party Hits New Low In New Poll


The Tea Party hit another new polling low, but that really shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

Obama Continues Slipping In Public Opinion Polls

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Time to start talking about lame ducks?

Less Than 1/3 Of Young Uninsureds Say They Will Sign Up For ObamaCare


Millenials don’t seem very concerned about signing up for ObamaCare, and they’re not very thrilled with Obama at the moment either.

American Public Prefers A Less Interventionist U.S. Foreign Policy

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A new poll finds the American public far less supportive of the idea of the U.S. as the world’s policeman.

Chris Christie Leads Republican Field In 2016 Poll

Chris Christie Victory Speech 2013

Chris Christie has had a very good month, and it’s ending with him with a strong lead among potential Republican candidates for 2016.

Congressional Job Approval Hits Another New Low


The new Economist/YouGov poll puts Congressional Job Approval at just 6% What Americans are sure about is how they feel about Congress in general.  They don’t like it, and haven’t liked it for a while.  But Congress’s approval rating in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll matches its all-time low.  Just 6% approve of the way Congress is […]

Plurality Of Americans Supports Deal On Iranian Nuclear Program


The first poll in the wake of the temporary agreement on Iran’s nuclear weapons program finds the American public largely supportive of the deal: (Reuters) – Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if […]

Meet The Most Vulnerable Governor In America


Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett: Pennsylvania GOP Gov. Tom Corbett has been in trouble all year, and a new poll out Tuesday suggests he’s trailing even the unknown Democratic candidates by double digits. The poll, from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, finds Corbett behind his potential Democratic challengers by anywhere from 12 to 20 percentage points. […]

Republicans Regain Lead In Generic Congressional Ballot, For Now At Least

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The Generic Congressional Ballot has shifted again, but how long will this trend last?

Poll: Obamacare Woes Lead To Doubts About Obama’s Leadership

Obama Sad Presser

More bad poll numbers for the President and his party.

GOP Out Of Step With Nation On ‘Pathway To Citizenship’ For Illegal Immigrants


Republican hardliners are pushing a position on immigration that is completely out of sync with the nation as a whole.

Political Impact Of Filibuster Changes Will Be Minimal To Non-Existent


Yesterday’s change to the filibuster rule is likely to have little impact outside the beltway and the political chattering class.

ObamaCare Problems Put Obama’s Poll Numbers In A Tailspin

Obama Sad Presser

The trends in President Obama’s approval numbers are not moving in the direction he ought to want them to go.

Romney Leads Obama In Meaningless Poll

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More than a year after the 2012 election, a new poll shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama among registered voters: As more bad poll numbers continue to pour in for President Barack Obama, a new survey finds that if the 2012 election matchup were held this month, Mitt Romney would hold the edge with the […]

People Like Joe Biden, Don’t Much Like The Idea Of `President Joe Biden’

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A recent poll finds that Vice President Biden has fairly good favorability numbers among the public as a whole, but there’s very little desire to see him as President: Just one in four registered voters say they think Biden would make a good president, while 65 percent say he would not.  And it’s not just […]

Congressional Job Approval Hits Record Low

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Once again, pretty much everybody hates Congress. However, it’s unclear if that will matter come Election Day.

Obama Hits Majority Disapproval


A majority of Americans now disapprove of President Obama’s performance and a whopping 70 percent think the country is moving in the wrong direction.

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