Sorry, but poll showing surprisingly high Republican support for gay marriage must be faulty

In the world of political polls, some are trustworthy and some are not — depending on the methods involved in conducting the surveys. I’m not going to get into all that green-eyeshade stuff about methodology here, but you would expect that polls jointly sponsored by NBC and Marist College generally would be reliable. Ah, but we may have come upon an exception. Even Aaron Blake of the Washington Post can barely suppress his skepticism about the RESULTS of a batch of  NBC/Marist polls that show amazingly high opposition among...

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Polls show that Obama’s job-approval ratings have moved to the plus side

Republican rhetoric to the contrary notwithstanding, President Obama’s approval ratings aren’t too bad of late. The two principal daily tracking polls, Gallup and Rasmussen, both SHOW that more Americans approve of the job Obama’s doing than disapprove — 49 to 48 percent in the former, and 50 to 48 percent in the latter. Even the latest poll from Fox News shows that the president’s disapproval rating is barely outside the survey’s margin of error. Then, too, there’s the fact that Obama’s approval ratings...

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Most Americans say global warming is happening, and half say humans are causing it

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post says Democrats would do well to talk more about the issue of climate change. He bases that advice on a new Associated Press POLL that was funded by Yale University: The key findings are that Americans believe by 56-20 that global warming is happening; 72 percent are very or moderately worried about it; and 50 percent say human activity is a key cause. (Snip) Americans say by 61-34 that the “United States should be a leader on global warming, even if meant taking action when others do not.” Republicans like...

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Most Americans still think crime rates are worse than they really are

Violent crime rates in the U.S.  have been declining over the past several decades, but annual polls show that most Americans think the trend has been in the opposite direction. This widespread misperception probably is mostly the fault of television, where fictional dramas and local newscasts tend to put a lot of emphasis on crime. But the latest Gallup poll on this matter shows an encouraging sign: The gap between majority opinion and reality has shrunk a little, as we see HERE: A majority of Americans say there is more crime in the U.S....

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Poll: Republican control of Congress bad for America

A new CNN poll released this morning has BAD NEWS for both political parties, especially the GOP: According to the survey, 50 percent of Americans believe the GOP taking control of the House and the Senate next year will be bad for America, and 52 percent expect it to lead to more gridlock. Another 37 percent, however, expect to see no difference in the levels of gridlock in Congress. But Americans seem to believe the GOP should be the ones to budge. Sixty-eight percent of Americans polled say the GOP isn’t cooperating enough with...

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