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Behind the Numbers: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Avoid Heartache, Buy the Paper

A new poll out today shows that most Americans would miss their local newspaper if it shut down, and about three-quarters said such a loss would hurt civic life in their communities. Majorities across age categories in the poll conducted by the Pew Research Center said they'd personally miss it...

By Jon Cohen  |  March 12, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Polls  
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Most Iraqis Lionize Shoe-Thrower

A Baghdad-based artist commemorated the act with a monument, but an Iraqi court today was decidedly less impressed with Muntadhar al-Zeidi for throwing his shoes at then-President George W. Bush in December, sentencing the Iraqi journalist to three years in prison. It's a decision that is unlikely to go over...

By Jon Cohen  |  March 12, 2009; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Congressional Approval: Democrats on Democrats

Congress has gained higher approval ratings from Democrats, with positive ratings increasing at a faster rate than when the Democrats took control of both chambers of the legislative body just over two years ago. But can Democratic control of both the White House and Congress help sustain the momentum this...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  March 11, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congress , Crosstabs , Polls  
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Cellphones: New State-Level Estimates

The National Center for Health Statistics, the federal outfit whose data on the sharp growth in the "cell-only" population has convinced many pollsters to expand their techniques, today released state-by-state estimates on cellphone usage. The results are sure to roil those doing survey research in Oklahoma, Utah and right here...

By Jon Cohen  |  March 11, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stem Cells - Back by Popular Demand

Updated, 11:15 a.m. Eager to turn the page on downbeat coverage of the economy, President Obama appears poised to tackle an issue that's had consistent and broad public support - reversing his predecessor's restrictions on federally-funded stem cell research. But while lifting these limits has widespread support, the move will...

By Jon Cohen  |  March 9, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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