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Behind the Numbers: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

Post Poll: High Anxiety Act

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Americans' feelings of financial insecurity have risen significantly since mid-September, as fears about making mortgage payments have spread and more now see the economy as in a long-term, serious decline. Two-thirds of those polled said they've cut back on their spending, including nearly...

By Jon Cohen  |  February 25, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll Preview: That Sinking Feeling on the Economy

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds the nation's economic situation has led to widespread stress and heightened worry about being able to afford housing. Nearly six in 10 in the new poll said the current economic situation is a cause of stress in their lives, including more than a...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  February 25, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Regulating Wall Street: A Popular Prospect

President Obama's pitch this afternoon for reforming regulations on the financial industry will address an issue where the American public is broadly in agreement. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released earlier this week found more than three-quarters of Americans support stricter federal regulations on the way banks and other financial...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  February 25, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Poll Player: The Good and the Bad for Obama

The new Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals both pluses and minuses for President Obama as he moves forward with his economic recovery agenda. We take a look at them in the audio report below. Data from the new poll can be found here....

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  February 24, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Vote For the District?

Nearly six in 10 Americans support legislation now under consideration in the Senate giving Washington, D.C. a full voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. About a third of adults nationwide oppose the idea. The Senate is expected to hold a...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  February 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Poll Preview: 60% Approve of Obama on Economy

Sixty percent of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling the nation's economy, a public assessment that's on par with the initial public ratings on the issue for Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. George W. Bush started lower, reached the 60 percent mark after 9/11 and ended...

By Jon Cohen  |  February 23, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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High Public Doubt Soc. Sec. & Medicare Will Provide

Few Americans are "very confident" that Social Security and Medicare are in shape to provide benefits throughout their retirements, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, adding a lack of public trust to the problems today's White House summit must confront as it considers the country's future financial obligations....

By Jon Cohen  |  February 23, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Deficit Concern Jumps ... Among the GOP

Deep public worry about the federal budget deficit has jumped since December, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, upping the ante on the White House's fiscal responsibility summit that kicks off later this morning. Among those adults aged 40 and up, almost all express concern, and 68 percent...

By Jon Cohen  |  February 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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