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Behind the Numbers: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

Anti-War Stirrings Greet Call For More Troops

Fewer than half of all Americans see the war in Afghanistan as an essential front in the campaign against terrorism and just a quarter backs Admiral Michael Mullen's call to send more troops there, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. A slim majority, 51 percent, say the war...

By Jon Cohen  |  September 15, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Post Polls  
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Union Members Likely a Friendly Audience for Obama

President Obama is likely to be in friendly territory at today's AFL-CIO Convention, as this week's Washington Post-ABC News poll finds union members and householders to be among his strongest boosters. Overall, nearly seven in 10 (68 percent) union members have a favorable impression of the president and 57 percent...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  September 15, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama , Crosstabs , Post Polls  
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The Perilous Public Option

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll highlights the potential political impact - both positive and negative - of the battle over what has come to be known as the public option, a government-created health insurance plan to compete with private insurers. Such a plan adds to the challenge of passing...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  September 14, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Health care , Post Polls  
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Icing the Next Meltdown?

With President Obama taking to Wall Street to sell his overhaul of the financial regulatory system, there is little public confidence that the government is enacting measures to lower the odds of another financial crisis, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Overall, 49 percent say they are confident...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  September 14, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Economy , Post Polls  
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