Republican establishment finally has the guts to buck Trump’s bigotry

No matter how it finally plays out, the controversy over Donald Trump’s call for banning all Muslims from entering the United States most likely will stand as a major turning point in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump’s rivals for the GOP nod have suddenly and almost universally condemned his rhetoric in this matter. As I see it, this fundamentally changes the game. These other candidates have now placed limits on their own rhetoric. They have precluded their own inclinations toward Muslim-baiting. It...

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Gallup: Favorable view of pope declines among Americans, especially conservatives

In advance of a September visit to America by Pope Francis, the Gallup organization is reporting that the pontiff’s favorability ratings have declined in this country. The drop is especially precipitous among American conservatives, whose favorable views of Francis have dropped by 27 percentage points since last year. Still, Francis’ overall favorable rating of 59 percent is far better than that for his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI in a poll taken five years ago. HERE‘s what the Gallup report says: After Pope Francis was...

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Gallup: Two-thirds of Americans don’t want anti-terrorism efforts to violate civil liberties

In the months just after  the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001, a Gallup poll showed that almost half of all Americans weren’t too concerned about protecting civil liberties in the fight against terrorism. The situation has changed dramatically, however, as time has passed. HERE‘s the latest: The federal government’s recent actions to limit the scope of what it can do to prevent terrorism are consistent with Americans’ preference to prioritize civil liberties over anti-terrorism efforts when the two come into...

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Gallup poll: More Americans are pro-choice as opposed to pro-life

Results of Gallup polls on the issue of abortion have shifted back and forth over the years, but the latest reading shows gains for the pro-choice side. A gender gap also has emerged, with more women then men favoring abortion rights. HERE‘s the story: Half of Americans consider themselves “pro-choice” on abortion, surpassing the 44% who identify as “pro-life.” This is the first time since 2008 that the pro-choice position has had a statistically significant lead in Americans’ abortion views. For most of...

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Will Obama’s approval ratings ever sink as low as those for recent Republican presidents?

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I keep fairly close tabs on President Obama’s approval ratings in the Gallup Daily Tracking poll, which is the best measure of such stuff. My purpose is to see which factors in the continuing flow of events are having positive or negative effects on Obama’s standing with the public at large. I checked again this afternoon to see if there’s been any effect from days of civil unrest in Baltimore. The short answer, at least for now, is that there has been no negative impact. In...

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