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Behind the Numbers: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

New Palin Numbers

Here are some of the change numbers on Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's (R) behind today's Washington Post poll story about a new low in her favorability rating. Palin favorability in Washington Post-ABC News polls %favorable (% strongly favorable) Post-Conv.* Now Change in pts. All 58% (35%) 40% (20%) -18 (-15)...

By Jon Cohen  |  July 24, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Concealed Weapons an Ideological Showdown

The Senate today will take up an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill from South Dakota senator John Thune that would let gun owners with concealed carry permits to take their firearms across state lines, if those states allow them. In a 2008 CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll and one by...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 22, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Crosstabs , Guns , Polls  
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Obama Earns High Marks as Commander in Chief

President Obama is broadly viewed as a good commander in chief and earns high marks for his handling of the situation in Afghanistan, suggesting his foreign policy skills remain insulated from the heat he's begun to take on big domestic issues, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Assessing...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 22, 2009; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Numbers Behind the Music

The White House Music Series fetes Nashville tonight, with three country superstars serenading the first family. Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss and Union Station and Charley Pride take to the stage this evening, playing a style of music that was the favorite of more than one in five Americans, according to...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 21, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sotomayor's Smooth Ride

President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court continues to win about 2 to 1 support among the public, including broad majorities of Democrats and independents, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Nearly six in 10 (58 percent) say the Senate should vote to confirm federal judge Sonia Sotomayor,...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Democratic Rifts on Budget, Economy

The Obama administration's delayed release of the Mid-Session Budget Review fits the timeline for previous releases in transition years, but the move buys extra time at an opportune moment for the president. The new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that on the two issues directly addressed by the report -...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 20, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Federal Budget Deficit , Post Polls  
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Obama's Shrinking Approval on Health Care

With Congress' work on a health care reform package underway, support for the President who pressed for quick action on the plan is fading among two critical constituencies according to the new Washington Post-ABC News poll - political independents and women. Barack Obama's approval rating on the issue in the...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 20, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Moonwalking

Most Americans say the country's broad-scale effort to land a man on the moon 40 years ago was worth it, but there's wider skepticism of the overall space program, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Overall, 70 percent call the moon-landing worth its costs, with big majorities across...

By Jon Cohen  |  July 19, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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