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Unions and the Obama administration

By a wide 17-point margin, Americans in union households say Democrats are more likely than Republicans to understand the economic problems people are having (43 to 26 percent).

Just over a third of those in union households in a new poll from The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health say President Obama's economic program is making things better, far from a majority, but a higher number than among non-union households.

By Jon Cohen  | February 22, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Economy, Post 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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Few see America as well-positioned economically

Barely more than a third of all Americans rate the country's ability to compete economically in positive terms, according to a new Washington Post poll.

By Jon Cohen  | January 21, 2011; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Economy, Polls, Post Polls  
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About a third of Americans say Obama's presidency has improved race relations

Despite high public expectations that Barack Obama's presidency would improve race relations in the country, barely more than a third of all Americans now say his tenure has made things better in this area, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

By Jon Cohen and Peyton M. Craighill  | January 17, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Post Polls  
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Public's take on cutting defense

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates on Thursday announced proposals to cut $78 billion in the Pentagon's spending over the next five years. That's unusual news for a department that's seen rapidly increasing budgets for the past decade, and may meet with public resistance.

By Peyton M. Craighill  | January 7, 2011; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Federal Budget Deficit, Post Polls  | Tags:  Post-ABC, Washington Post-ABC News, defense, deficit, economy, polls  
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Americans split on how to interpret Constitution

There is a set text to the U.S. Constitution, but the public splits about evenly on whether the country's courts should stick narrowly to its original meaning when deciding law.

By Jon Cohen  | January 5, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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