Is Donald Trump paying the Wall Street Journal to toot his horn?

Here’s the situation: New Hampshire ranks 42nd out of the 50 states in population. It has fewer residents than the combined Illinois counties of DuPage and Kane, which are mostly just suburbs of Chicago. Politically, New Hampshire is a swing state, but it has voted for the Democratic candidates in the last three presidential elections. New Hampshire is important in presidential politics only because it has the first primary election. Still, winners of either party’s primary in the Granite State don’t always win the White...

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Poll: Most American Jews support U.S. deal with Iran on nuclear issues

The Religious Right, which postures as Israel’s best friend in America, is famously wary of any agreement the Obama administration might strike with Iran on the issue of nuclear power. But American Jews generally take a different view. HERE‘s the story: American Jewish support for an agreement with Iran exceeds support for the deal among the general US population, according to a new poll. American Jews express strong support for a final agreement with Iran that increases inspections in exchange for economic sanctions relief....

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Political labels liberal and conservative can be highly misleading

A few weeks ago, I posted something here about a Gallup poll showing that identification of themselves as liberals was roughly equal to claiming that they’re conservatives among Americans in general. This finding was represented as an improvement for the liberal side, especially as time has passed since Republicans first succeeded in demonizing the L-word some 30 years ago. And now there’s THIS about another poll: A new analysis of Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll data finds a marked  increase in the share of registered voters...

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On two counts, public attitudes on economic issues seem to bode well for Dems in 2016

In a recent national poll — and for the first time in more than five years — a plurality of Americans (49 percent) gave President Obama positive marks for his handling of the economy. That same poll also showed that a sizable majority of Americans, even most Republicans, express concern about the growing economic gap between the rich and everyone else. Both of those survey results would seem to be good for Democratic Party prospects in next year’s elections, as Ed Kilgore explains HERE: So it may well be that Hillary...

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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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