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Behind the Numbers: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

Sizing up the "birthers"

Asked an open-ended question about where President Obama was born, 14 percent of Americans say he was born abroad - giving an incorrect answer that shows how widespread the misunderstanding of his birthplace is nearly a year and a half into his presidency. Fully 68 percent of those surveyed in...

By Jon Cohen  |  May 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (307)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Post Polls  
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What motivates the tea party?

The new Washington Post-ABC News poll asked a random sample of Americans what they think motivates support for the tea party. Supporters and opponents see the matter quite differently, as seen in the tables below......

By Jon Cohen  |  May 5, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Post Polls  
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Tea party: trouble for the GOP?

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll indicates that the tea party's gain is mostly the GOP's loss: the percentages of Americans seeing the Democratic Party as the most in sync with their values and as the most empathetic are about the same as in November, while the numbers siding with...

By Jon Cohen  |  May 5, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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In D.C., broad support for medical marijuana

The D.C. Council's vote today allowing doctors in the nation's capital to prescribe medical marijuana falls in line with the views of a large majority of Washington residents. A Washington Post poll conducted earlier this year found broad support for such a measure, with eight in 10 Washingtonians in favor...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  May 4, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C.  
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