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Behind the Numbers: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Poll Player: Connecting Spending, Stress and Optimism

New data from the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll finds economic stress and spending levels deeply connected, but improving perceptions of the economy have not translated into more carefree consumers. Data from the new poll can be found here....

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  April 2, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Poll Player  
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Post-ABC: Afghanistan

Afghanistan, the subject of today's multi-national meeting in The Hague, poses a major foreign policy challenge to the Obama administration, one that includes convincing a divided American public about the best way forward. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Americans are about evenly split on whether the United...

By Jon Cohen  |  March 31, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ambassador-in-Chief

As Barack Obama heads out on his first European trip as president, more than six in 10 Americans approve of the way he's handling international affairs, and over four in 10 think the country's image abroad has already improved under the new administration. The perceived turnaround in America's image in...

By Jon Cohen  |  March 31, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michelle Obama's Formidable Favorables

More than three-quarters of Americans hold a positive view of First Lady Michelle Obama, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with nearly half saying they have a "strongly favorable" opinion. Since the inauguration, Michelle Obama's overall favorable rating has risen slightly, up four points to 76 percent, while...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  March 31, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Crosstabs , Michelle Obama , Post Polls  
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Pointing the Finger at Big Business

The Obama administration's rejection of turnaround plans from General Motors and Chrysler comes amid widespread public antipathy toward the country's large corporations for their role in the economic slowdown. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 80 percent of Americans say large business corporations deserve "a great deal" or a...

By Jon Cohen  |  March 30, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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