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Behind the Numbers: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

On Gay Marriage, A Near Even Split

Support for legal gay marriage has increased dramatically over the past three years, and for the first time, those in favor outnumber those opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Nearly half (49 percent) of all Americans in the new poll said they favor legal marriage for same-sex...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  April 30, 2009; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crosstabs , Post Polls  
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Auto Bankruptcy: The Demographic Divisions

Chrylser's likely bakruptcy filing today may inspire more hope than mourning among the American public, more than four in 10 of whom said bankruptcy would be a "good thing" for the ailing auto industry. Fewer, three in 10, said the move would be a positive for the economy overall. Both...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  April 30, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama @100: The Crosstabs

One hundred days after taking office, Barack Obama continues to hold high public ratings, and at 69 percent approval in this week's Washington Post-ABC News poll, he edges out his recent predecessors. George W. Bush was at 63 percent at this point in 2001, Bill Clinton at 59 percent in...

By Jon Cohen  |  April 29, 2009; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Shifting Party ID in Pennsylvania

A Democratic tilt in partisan views among Pennsylvania voters may have been one of the motivating factors beyond Sen. Arlen Specter's surprise party switch: In 2008, Democrats had their biggest advantage on party identification in Pennsylvania in nearly 20 years. Here's the list of voters' party leanings in Pennsylvania from...

By Jon Cohen  |  April 28, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Arlen Specter, The Fix, Washington Post, exit poll  
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Swine Flu: Is Obama Crisis Ready?

The outbreak of swine flu and the public alarm it has caused have brought on the first non-economic domestic crisis of President Obama's young tenure, and according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out Sunday, the president inspires widespread trust among the public in his ability to handle a crisis....

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  April 28, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Public: Maybe Auto Bankrupcy Not a Bad Thing

Potential bankruptcy of one of the major U.S. automakers would roil Detroit, but few Americans think it would clearly hurt the auto industry or necessarily be a bad thing for the country's economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Only about one in five of those polled (21...

By Jon Cohen  |  April 27, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Biden: 100-Day Report Card

Joe Biden checks in after about 100 days as vice president as a popular figure, but far less so than his new boss, President Barack Obama. Overall, 57 percent of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said they have a favorable view of Biden, the former senator from...

By Jon Cohen  |  April 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Torture: The Memos and Partisan Reaction

President Obama's decision to release Bush administration memos on controversial interrogation techniques highlights the sharp partisan divisions lurking beneath Obama's high approval ratings. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds most approve of the way Obama is handling the U.S. campaign against terrorism, including nearly four in 10 Republicans, but...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  April 26, 2009; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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