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Behind the Numbers: July 13, 2008 - July 19, 2008

Campaign Myth 2: Thirty Percent Will Flip the South

Earlier this week, the Associated Press released an analysis suggesting that if Barack Obama lives up to his pledge to boost African American turnout by 30 percent, he would score big wins across the south. But other data suggest Obama faces even longer odds in his quest to pick up...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Campaign Myths  
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New Data on Cell Phones

Every time we report on a new poll, someone asks the good question: "what about cell phones?" The Pew Research Center has some important new data on the topic. In a report out today, Scott Keeter, Pew's director of survey research, updates the center's ongoing work on the presumed "Cell-Only...

By Jon Cohen  |  July 17, 2008; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Polls  
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The Congressional Approval Limbo

How low can it go? Just 23 percent in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll approve of the job the nation's legislative body has done. More than seven in 10 disapprove. Overall, this is the worst assessment in Post-ABC polling since just before the Republicans took control in 1994. Neither...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 15, 2008; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Post Polls  
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New Low for Bush Approval

Another month, another new low for George W. Bush: Just 28 percent in the new Post-ABC poll approve of the way the president is handling his job. This marks a new career low in Post polling, and is the 40th consecutive month his ratings have been under 50 percent. His...

By Jon Cohen  |  July 15, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Post Polls  
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Feeling Their Finances

Americans may be pretty down about the state of the nation's economy, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds their assessment of their own finances to be substantially less dire: More than six in 10 now say they feel at least somewhat financially secure, even as many have anxiety...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 15, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Poll Highlights: The War on the War

The new Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests that even with broad public doubts about the nation's success so far in Iraq and Afghanistan, managing the nation's military could be one of Barack Obama's main hurdles in the race for the White House. Two groups stand out in the crosstabs from...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 14, 2008; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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