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Behind the Numbers: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Romney, not Huntsman, top choice among Utah GOP

Utah Republicans overwhelmingly favor Mitt Romney over Jon Huntsman, Jr. when it comes to who they would like to see as a Republican presidential candidate, according to a January statewide survey.

By Jon Cohen  | February 2, 2011; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2012 polls, GOP nomination  | Tags:  2012 polls, Jon Huntsman, Jr., Mitt Romney, Utah poll  
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Polls: Egyptian public dissatisfied with level of freedom

The demonstrations sweeping Egypt are driven by high public dissatisfaction with levels of freedom and political participation. Public opinion polls from The Gallup Organization in Egypt in 2009 and 2010 rank the country near the bottom of the world on these key measures of democratization.

By Peyton Craighill  | February 1, 2011; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International polls  
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Data retread: can a Mormon win?

In Dec. 2007, 22 percent of Americans said they would be less apt to vote for a Mormon presidential candidate. That was higher than the percentages saying they would be less likely to support someone who has been a religious leader (19 percent), a woman (15) or an African American (5).

But also notable is that the percentage turning away from a Mormon candidate dropped significantly - by 13 percentage points - between Dec. 2006 and Dec. 2007. Over this same time period, the percentage of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents saying being a Mormon was of no consequence rose 11 points to 72 percent, as the percentage less likely to vote for a Mormon candidate dropped from 36 to 21 percent.

By Jon Cohen  | January 31, 2011; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
Categories:  2012 polls, Exit polls, Post Polls, Republican Party  | Tags:  Washington Post-ABC News poll; Post polling; Post poll; Post-ABC News poll  
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