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Behind the Numbers: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

The Wide Reach of A Faltering Job Market

New unemployment figures from the Department of Labor show average new jobless claims for the past four weeks up more than 200,000 from a year ago to their highest level since Dec. 1982. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll found job cuts reaching a broad swath of Americans: nearly two...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  December 18, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Trust in GOP Reaches Record Low

Just 23 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said they trust Republicans more than Democrats to handle the main problems facing the nation, the lowest level reached by either party in surveys dating back to 1982. A majority, 56 percent, trust the Democrats to handle the nation's top...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  December 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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The British Are Going

With Gordon Brown pledging today to end Britain's military role in Iraq by May 31, the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll finds 70 percent of Americans want President-elect Barack Obama to make good on his campaign promise to withdraw most U.S. troops from Iraq within the next 16 months. And...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  December 17, 2008; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll Player: The Latest from the Post-ABC Poll

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll out yesterday touched on several key post-election measures: approval of Obama's transition and the impact of Rod Blagojevich's arrest, approval of President Bush and the path forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the ongoing efforts of the Big Three automakers to secure government-backed loans....

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  December 16, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Big Divisons on the Big Three

Majority opposition to a government backed bailout of the Big Three automakers appears to be settled. After three rounds of proposals, 55 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said they oppose a $14 billion loan plan for the troubled industry, about the same proportion as opposed requests for...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  December 16, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Voters: Election Should Have Ended Nov. 4

Election 2008 officially ended today as 538 presidential electors met in state capitals to cast their votes, but if it were up to all the voters, the election would have been over on Nov. 4 when 131 million pulled the lever. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll on the eve...

By Jon Cohen  |  December 15, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama Sails Over Scandal

Public ratings of Barack Obama are unscathed by the scandal swirling around Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's apparent effort to trade off his power to appoint Obama's successor to the U.S. Senate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More than three-quarters of Americans approve of the way Obama is...

By Jon Cohen  |  December 15, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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