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Behind the Numbers: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

A Gates Effect?

Did President Obama accelerate his public image problems by venturing into the racial politics swirling around Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s arrest in Cambridge? That's the intriguing contention found in an analysis from the Pew Research Center: in their new poll, Obama's overall approval rating among whites tumbled seven points from...

By Jon Cohen  |  July 30, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Polls  
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To Investigate, or not Investigate

Public interest in a look-back at the Bush administration's treatment of terrorism suspects has waned, but there is now majority support for investigations into the possibility the CIA withheld required information from Congress, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Most Americans, 54 percent, say the new administration should...

By Jon Cohen  |  July 29, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Post Polls  
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Blue Dogs on Health Care: Why So Blue?

The House's Blue Dog Democrats have voiced loud objections to the costs of health care reform efforts working their way through several committees, ultimately causing President Obama and their party's congressional leadership to pull back on the deadline they had set for passing a plan. As Chris Cillizza pointed out...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 29, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Health care , Post Polls  
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Palin - Fox Explores "What Next?"

Fox News is out with the first "what next?" poll on former governor Sarah Palin: "homemaker" tops the closed-ended list. Here's the full breakdown by party identification... Q: What do you think is the best job for Sarah Palin now that she has resigned as governor of Alaska? All voters...

By Jon Cohen  |  July 28, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Biden's Watchdog Role May Have Bite

Vice President Biden, the anointed "Sheriff" of the stimulus is well rated generally in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with public opinion riven by the views of the administration's economic programs as well as the usual sharp partisan lines. Overall, 55 percent approve of the way the Vice President...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  July 27, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Crosstabs , Joe Biden , Post Polls  
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