Behind the Numbers: Post Polls


Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Political fallout: High court showdown hurts health care law, and justices

Few change their views of the health law or Supreme Court following oral arguments, but those who do split along partisan lines.

By Jon Cohen, Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health care, Post Polls

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 11/09/2011

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By Scott Clement  |  05:06 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 08/10/2011

WP Poll: Public sees government badly off-kilter

Over seven in 10 Americans think the federal government is focused on the wrong things, a number that’s grown since the fall.

By Peyton M. Craighill  |  04:37 PM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Crosstabs, Post Polls

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 01/07/2011

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  |  02:39 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Post Polls, Post Polls | Tags:  Post-ABC, Washington Post-ABC News, defense, deficit, economy, polls

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 01/05/2011

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  |  12:53 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Post Polls | Tags:  Boehner, Polls, Supreme Court

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Tax agreement numbers, support by party

New Washington Post-ABC poll shows broad bipartisan support for tax agreement, but not necessarily its component parts. The breakdowns are below; full question wording here. All Dem Rep Ind D-R Overall tax package 69 68 75 68 -7 Overall, with args. 62 64 63 61 +1 Elements: Unemployment benefits 72...

By Jon Cohen  |  11:56 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Voters send mixed messages on earmarks

Most Americans want their member of Congress to fight for spending to spur local job creation, complicating the politics around the new Republican initiative to ban congressional earmarks. In an October Post-Kaiser-Harvard poll, 58 percent of Americans said they want their congressional representatives to focus on what's best for the...

By Jon Cohen  |  03:36 PM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Post Polls | Tags:  Polls; Washington Post poll; earmark

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/30/2010

Stewart trounces Colbert in head-to-head matchup

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert may be tapping into the politics of fear, but in a hypothetical 2012 presidential matchup, "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart outpaces his protégé Colbert by a wide margin among registered voters, 42 percent to 22 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. With one...

By Kyle Dropp  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Post Polls, Post Polls, Post Polls | Tags:  comedy central

Posted at 07:12 AM ET, 09/09/2010

Fenty beckons Obama for rewrite

Yesterday's turn in the D.C. mayor's race saga brought reports that incumbent Adrian Fenty is seeking White House support in his uphill bid for the Democratic nomination. It's easy to see the mayor's interest here: in the late August Washington Post poll, fully 93 percent of District Democrats said they...

By Jon Cohen  |  07:12 AM ET, 09/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 08/30/2010

Gray's advantage on "personal qualities"

Though District voters say Mayor Fenty has achieved a lot and see their city moving in the right direction, those most likely to vote in the upcoming Democratic primary favor his opponent Vincent Gray by 17 points, according to the new Washington Post poll. While much has been written about...

By Kyle Dropp  |  01:11 PM ET, 08/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 07/15/2010

Ban or no ban; two polls, two answers

On Wednesday, one headline screamed "Americans in 73% Majority Oppose Deepwater Drilling Ban." Another poll showed 56 percent support for the moratorium. What gives?...

By Jon Cohen  |  11:09 AM ET, 07/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 07/13/2010

New Post-ABC poll; poll chat @ noon

Brand new Post-ABC poll out this a.m. shows sliding confidence in President Obama, and a sizable one-month dip in his approval rating on handling the economy. A slim majority of voters say they want the GOP to takeover Congress, even as nearly three-quarters lack faith in the Republicans to make...

By Jon Cohen  |  09:22 AM ET, 07/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 06/24/2010

Public views mirror conference battle on financial regulation

With a battle among Democrats over a remake of the nation's financial regulations coming to a head, public opinion mirrors the split in the conference, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. As Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) leads the charge for stricter regulations and other Democrats argue for the...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  01:00 PM ET, 06/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 06/17/2010

Ariz. immigration law hurts U.S. image in Mexico

A new Washington Post-ABC News polls finds broad support north of the border for the new Arizona immigration law, but the legislation has soured Mexican views of the U.S. Collected as part of the 22-nation Pew Global Attitudes Survey, new data from Mexico show Mexicans' becoming dramatically more critical of...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:35 PM ET, 06/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/10/2010

Most Americans say regulate greenhouse gases

In advance of an expected Senate vote today on a GOP plan to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows broad public support for the new oversight. Some 71 percent of those surveyed back federal regulation of the release of greenhouse...

By Jon Cohen  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 05/10/2010

The judicial experience factor

President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court misses the mark on one of the public's key criteria for nominees: she lacks judicial experience. A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in late April found seven in 10 said experience on the bench was a positive factor...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  01:19 PM ET, 05/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 05/10/2010

La plus ça change, MD governor edition

As Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) tries to fend off a challenge from Bob Ehrlich, the Republican he unseated from the job four years ago, regional breakdowns in the new Washington Post poll reveal a familiar starting dynamic. The table below also shows the big differences for Ehrlich between his...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:17 PM ET, 05/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/07/2010

Sizing up the "birthers"

Asked an open-ended question about where President Obama was born, 14 percent of Americans say he was born abroad - giving an incorrect answer that shows how widespread the misunderstanding of his birthplace is nearly a year and a half into his presidency. Fully 68 percent of those surveyed in...

By Jon Cohen  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 05/05/2010

Tea party: trouble for the GOP?

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll indicates that the tea party's gain is mostly the GOP's loss: the percentages of Americans seeing the Democratic Party as the most in sync with their values and as the most empathetic are about the same as in November, while the numbers siding with...

By Jon Cohen  |  10:10 AM ET, 05/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:16 PM ET, 03/29/2010

What are the odds? A Murtha rates Pelosi...

When we conduct a public opinion survey, we call a totally random sampling of telephone numbers in the United States, including listed and unlisted numbers and cellphones. We talk to around 1,000 adults each time out; getting responses from rich, from poor, from tea partiers and from people of all...

By Jon Cohen  |  08:16 PM ET, 03/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/12/2010

Post-ABC Poll: Views on gay marriage steady, more back civil unions

With the nation's capital poised to begin allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, opinions nationwide remain closely divided, but two-thirds of all Americans now say gay and lesbian couples should be able to have the same rights as heterosexual couples through civil unions. In a new Washington Post-ABC News...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/09/2010

Poll: Bipartisanship popular, compromise tricky

Americans spread the blame when it comes to the lack of cooperation in Washington, and, in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, most want the two sides to keep working to pass comprehensive health care reform.

By Jon Cohen  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 01/22/2010

New Poll: Massachusetts special election

Post-Kaiser-Harvard post-election Massachusetts poll is now live. Data are here, including breakdowns of Brown and Coakley voters. We'll be posting crosstabs from this poll today. If you'd like particular breakdowns, let us know in the comments section below....

By Jon Cohen  |  03:38 PM ET, 01/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/22/2010

MA voters: what were they thinking? (new poll coming)

Republican Scott Brown won two-thirds of the Massachusetts voters who believe the country is seriously off course, according to a new Washington Post-Kaiser-Harvard poll of special election voters (and non-voters). Brown's margin here highlights a shift in voter anger; in 2008, Obama scored a decisive win among those dissatisfied with...

By Jon Cohen  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/18/2010

Medical marijuana popular as N.J., D.C. near legalization

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds broad support for the legalization of medical marijuana - a move currently underway in New Jersey and the District of Columbia - and a majority says that if it is legalized, it should be available to any patient who gets a prescription. More...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 10/20/2009

Assessing Obama's accomplishments

Amid the mixed public reviews of President Obama's handling of health care and the economy in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll stands one more even split, this one on how much the president has accomplished in his nine months in office. About half (49 percent) say Obama has done...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  10:40 AM ET, 10/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 10/19/2009

Balancing the government's role on health care

Health care reform's most controversial element - the creation of a government-sponsored insurance plan to compete with private health insurers - centers on the eternal Washington conflict that defines party lines on so many issues: How much of a role should the government play? In the latest Washington Post-ABC News...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  05:26 PM ET, 10/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Post Polls, Post Polls | Tags:  government health insurance poll, public option poll, washington post poll

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/19/2009

Post-ABC poll: few partisan fissures on Iran nukes

Americans overwhelmingly see Iran's nuclear program as geared toward the development of atomic weaponry, and more than eight in 10 support direct diplomatic talks to try to resolve the situation, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. As negotiators from the United States, France and Russia meet with Iran...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 10/08/2009

New WaPo Va Gov poll: The Crosstabs

There is a brand new Washington Post poll on Virginia governor's race: see the poll story and the questionnaire. Below are some crosstabs on the head-to-head for the state's top job. Want others? Tell us in the comments section, and we'll do our best to provide. Deeds McDonnell All likely...

By Jon Cohen  |  02:56 PM ET, 10/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 09/15/2009

Anti-War Stirrings Greet Call For More Troops

Fewer than half of all Americans see the war in Afghanistan as an essential front in the campaign against terrorism and just a quarter backs Admiral Michael Mullen's call to send more troops there, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. A slim majority, 51 percent, say the war...

By Jon Cohen  |  02:30 PM ET, 09/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 09/14/2009

Icing the Next Meltdown?

With President Obama taking to Wall Street to sell his overhaul of the financial regulatory system, there is little public confidence that the government is enacting measures to lower the odds of another financial crisis, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Overall, 49 percent say they are confident...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  02:00 PM ET, 09/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 09/08/2009

The Word on Barack Obama

Nearly eight months into Barack Obama's presidency, Americans' perceptions of him are mostly positive, but the administration's efforts at health reform inspire a more critical reaction, with more describing their feelings about the proposed changes with a negative word (43 percent) than a positive one (31 percent) according to a...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  11:41 AM ET, 09/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/29/2009

To Investigate, or not Investigate

Public interest in a look-back at the Bush administration's treatment of terrorism suspects has waned, but there is now majority support for investigations into the possibility the CIA withheld required information from Congress, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Most Americans, 54 percent, say the new administration should...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:00 PM ET, 07/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 07/24/2009

New Palin Numbers

Here are some of the change numbers on Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's (R) behind today's Washington Post poll story about a new low in her favorability rating. Palin favorability in Washington Post-ABC News polls %favorable (% strongly favorable) Post-Conv.* Now Change in pts. All 58% (35%) 40% (20%) -18 (-15)...

By Jon Cohen  |  09:32 AM ET, 07/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 07/22/2009

Obama Earns High Marks as Commander in Chief

President Obama is broadly viewed as a good commander in chief and earns high marks for his handling of the situation in Afghanistan, suggesting his foreign policy skills remain insulated from the heat he's begun to take on big domestic issues, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Assessing...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  12:01 AM ET, 07/22/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/21/2009

Sotomayor's Smooth Ride

President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court continues to win about 2 to 1 support among the public, including broad majorities of Democrats and independents, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Nearly six in 10 (58 percent) say the Senate should vote to confirm federal judge Sonia Sotomayor,...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 07/20/2009

Democratic Rifts on Budget, Economy

The Obama administration's delayed release of the Mid-Session Budget Review fits the timeline for previous releases in transition years, but the move buys extra time at an opportune moment for the president. The new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that on the two issues directly addressed by the report -...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:30 PM ET, 07/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 07/19/2009

Moonwalking

Most Americans say the country's broad-scale effort to land a man on the moon 40 years ago was worth it, but there's wider skepticism of the overall space program, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Overall, 70 percent call the moon-landing worth its costs, with big majorities across...

By Jon Cohen  |  06:00 PM ET, 07/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:57 AM ET, 07/13/2009

Union Members on Health Care Reform

This week's political main event is taking place at Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court confirmation hearings over on the Hill, but over at the White House, Pres. Obama is pressing on with his health care agenda by meeting with union leaders on the status of that legislation. But while their leadership...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:57 AM ET, 07/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 07/08/2009

Republican Prospects: Then and Now

The Republican Party's successful wooing of several strong candidates for Congress may be giving party insiders reason to hope for a better return at the ballot box next November than they've earned in each of the previous two cycles, but compared with data collected four years ago - at about...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  12:11 PM ET, 07/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/28/2009

Swine Flu: Is Obama Crisis Ready?

The outbreak of swine flu and the public alarm it has caused have brought on the first non-economic domestic crisis of President Obama's young tenure, and according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out Sunday, the president inspires widespread trust among the public in his ability to handle a crisis....

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/27/2009

Public: Maybe Auto Bankrupcy Not a Bad Thing

Potential bankruptcy of one of the major U.S. automakers would roil Detroit, but few Americans think it would clearly hurt the auto industry or necessarily be a bad thing for the country's economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Only about one in five of those polled (21...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/27/2009

Biden: 100-Day Report Card

Joe Biden checks in after about 100 days as vice president as a popular figure, but far less so than his new boss, President Barack Obama. Overall, 57 percent of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said they have a favorable view of Biden, the former senator from...

By Jon Cohen  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 04/26/2009

Torture: The Memos and Partisan Reaction

President Obama's decision to release Bush administration memos on controversial interrogation techniques highlights the sharp partisan divisions lurking beneath Obama's high approval ratings. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds most approve of the way Obama is handling the U.S. campaign against terrorism, including nearly four in 10 Republicans, but...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  12:01 AM ET, 04/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 03/31/2009

Post-ABC: Afghanistan

Afghanistan, the subject of today's multi-national meeting in The Hague, poses a major foreign policy challenge to the Obama administration, one that includes convincing a divided American public about the best way forward. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Americans are about evenly split on whether the United...

By Jon Cohen  |  01:13 PM ET, 03/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/31/2009

Ambassador-in-Chief

As Barack Obama heads out on his first European trip as president, more than six in 10 Americans approve of the way he's handling international affairs, and over four in 10 think the country's image abroad has already improved under the new administration. The perceived turnaround in America's image in...

By Jon Cohen  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 03/16/2009

Cheney Lookback

Dick Cheney wrapped up his tenure as vice president with an approval rating a hair below that of the broadly unpopular president he served, winning the support of just 30 percent of Americans in a January Washington Post-ABC News poll. (President Bush finished up at 33 percent in Post-ABC polling.)...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:02 PM ET, 03/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/09/2009

Stem Cells - Back by Popular Demand

Updated, 11:15 a.m. Eager to turn the page on downbeat coverage of the economy, President Obama appears poised to tackle an issue that's had consistent and broad public support - reversing his predecessor's restrictions on federally-funded stem cell research. But while lifting these limits has widespread support, the move will...

By Jon Cohen  |  11:15 AM ET, 03/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/02/2009

As Stocks Tumble, So Does Retirement Security

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average continues its downward spiral, there is deep public unease about fully-funded retirements as people's savings are now more tied to stock market performance than at any time in the past two decades. Just 14 percent in last week's Washington Post-ABC News poll said they...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 02/25/2009

Post Poll: High Anxiety Act

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Americans' feelings of financial insecurity have risen significantly since mid-September, as fears about making mortgage payments have spread and more now see the economy as in a long-term, serious decline. Two-thirds of those polled said they've cut back on their spending, including nearly...

By Jon Cohen  |  05:00 PM ET, 02/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/25/2009

Poll Preview: That Sinking Feeling on the Economy

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds the nation's economic situation has led to widespread stress and heightened worry about being able to afford housing. Nearly six in 10 in the new poll said the current economic situation is a cause of stress in their lives, including more than a...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 02/25/2009

Regulating Wall Street: A Popular Prospect

President Obama's pitch this afternoon for reforming regulations on the financial industry will address an issue where the American public is broadly in agreement. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released earlier this week found more than three-quarters of Americans support stricter federal regulations on the way banks and other financial...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  02:29 PM ET, 02/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/24/2009

A Vote For the District?

Nearly six in 10 Americans support legislation now under consideration in the Senate giving Washington, D.C. a full voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. About a third of adults nationwide oppose the idea. The Senate is expected to hold a...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/23/2009

Poll Preview: 60% Approve of Obama on Economy

Sixty percent of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling the nation's economy, a public assessment that's on par with the initial public ratings on the issue for Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. George W. Bush started lower, reached the 60 percent mark after 9/11 and ended...

By Jon Cohen  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/23/2009

High Public Doubt Soc. Sec. & Medicare Will Provide

Few Americans are "very confident" that Social Security and Medicare are in shape to provide benefits throughout their retirements, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, adding a lack of public trust to the problems today's White House summit must confront as it considers the country's future financial obligations....

By Jon Cohen  |  10:30 AM ET, 02/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/23/2009

Deficit Concern Jumps ... Among the GOP

Deep public worry about the federal budget deficit has jumped since December, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, upping the ante on the White House's fiscal responsibility summit that kicks off later this morning. Among those adults aged 40 and up, almost all express concern, and 68 percent...

By Jon Cohen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 02/17/2009

First Command: Public Views on Troop Increase

Barack Obama today authorized sending an additional 17,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, marking his first big move as commander in chief and his first presidential decision without clear majority support. Most Americans consider winning in Afghanistan essential to success in the broader war against terrorism, but in the latest Washington...

By Jon Cohen  |  07:23 PM ET, 02/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/26/2009

Stimulus: Down to Details

As negotiations heat up over the massive federal stimulus package, newly-released results from last week's Washington Post-ABC News poll detail the public's priorities for the plan. Of 12 specific items tested in the poll, the ones at the top of the list are extending unemployment insurance and health care coverage...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2009

Accountability and the Doubt Factor

President Obama's early orders and directives to encourage openness of executive branch records won plaudits from good-government advocates, but may meet skepticism from many Americans. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found majorities doubt the government will be more transparent on one of the public's top priorities: the economy. Most...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 01/21/2009

On Torture

A majority of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll oppose the use of torture in terrorism investigations, backing Barack Obama's pledge that "under my administration, the United States does not torture." But there's an even split on whether he should investigate whether laws were broken in the way...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:59 PM ET, 01/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/20/2009

Getting to Know Michelle Obama

The public has warmed considerably to the soon-to-be first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, since her husband clinched the Democratic nomination for president last June. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds Mrs. Obama viewed positively by 72 percent of Americans, up from 48 percent when she was...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/19/2009

The President-Elect and the Pastor

Barack Obama's pick of evangelical pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at tomorrow's inauguration was initially met by a torrent of criticism, but it's unlikely to spark broad controversy - most Americans support the idea. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 61 percent said they back the President-elect's...

By Jon Cohen  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/31/2008

The Real Politics of Hope

Barack Obama's election has already contributed to one major change in public attitudes - optimism for the year ahead is now higher among Democrats, sharply lower among Republicans. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, most Democrats said they are hopeful about what 2009 has in store for them personally...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/31/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 12/17/2008

The British Are Going

With Gordon Brown pledging today to end Britain's military role in Iraq by May 31, the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll finds 70 percent of Americans want President-elect Barack Obama to make good on his campaign promise to withdraw most U.S. troops from Iraq within the next 16 months. And...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  01:58 PM ET, 12/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/16/2008

Poll Player: The Latest from the Post-ABC Poll

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll out yesterday touched on several key post-election measures: approval of Obama's transition and the impact of Rod Blagojevich's arrest, approval of President Bush and the path forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the ongoing efforts of the Big Three automakers to secure government-backed loans....

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/16/2008

The Big Divisons on the Big Three

Majority opposition to a government backed bailout of the Big Three automakers appears to be settled. After three rounds of proposals, 55 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said they oppose a $14 billion loan plan for the troubled industry, about the same proportion as opposed requests for...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 12/15/2008

Voters: Election Should Have Ended Nov. 4

Election 2008 officially ended today as 538 presidential electors met in state capitals to cast their votes, but if it were up to all the voters, the election would have been over on Nov. 4 when 131 million pulled the lever. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll on the eve...

By Jon Cohen  |  06:00 PM ET, 12/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/15/2008

Obama Sails Over Scandal

Public ratings of Barack Obama are unscathed by the scandal swirling around Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's apparent effort to trade off his power to appoint Obama's successor to the U.S. Senate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More than three-quarters of Americans approve of the way Obama is...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 12/08/2008

Poll: Auto Bailout Wrong Way

Most Americans oppose the revised plan the Big Three pitched last week in Washington, putting the Congress and the president and the president-elect on the wrong side of public opinion on the matter, at least in the short-run. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 54 percent said they oppose...

By Jon Cohen  |  02:05 PM ET, 12/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 10/19/2008

Presidential Debates: The Verdict is In

The verdict on this year's presidential debates is in, and according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, fewer than half of voters said the three face-offs altered their views of the candidates. Among those who did change their views, Barack Obama appears to have earned the biggest boost from...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  12:01 AM ET, 10/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:56 PM ET, 09/08/2008

In the Margins

The nominating conventions are over, but their impact is starting to emerge in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll out today. Here's a look at how the new race stacks up to exit poll results from the previous two presidential contests. Each row shows the margin among that group for...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  08:56 PM ET, 09/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 08/28/2008

The Enthusiasm Gap: Filling the Stands

When Barack Obama's campaign announced that he would deliver his acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High, tickets for the event were completely snapped up by supporters a mere 24 hours after they were made available. John McCain's marquee event this week, his Friday appearance in Dayton, Ohio which...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:12 PM ET, 08/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/23/2008

New Data: Impact of Biden

Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as his running mate is unlikely to shake-up the presidential horse race. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll completed last night, three-quarters of voters said picking Biden would not sway their votes one way or the other. And about as many said they...

By Jon Cohen  |  08:00 AM ET, 08/23/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 07/15/2008

The Congressional Approval Limbo

How low can it go? Just 23 percent in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll approve of the job the nation's legislative body has done. More than seven in 10 disapprove. Overall, this is the worst assessment in Post-ABC polling since just before the Republicans took control in 1994. Neither...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  07:10 PM ET, 07/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/15/2008

Feeling Their Finances

Americans may be pretty down about the state of the nation's economy, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds their assessment of their own finances to be substantially less dire: More than six in 10 now say they feel at least somewhat financially secure, even as many have anxiety...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 07/14/2008

New Poll Highlights: The War on the War

The new Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests that even with broad public doubts about the nation's success so far in Iraq and Afghanistan, managing the nation's military could be one of Barack Obama's main hurdles in the race for the White House. Two groups stand out in the crosstabs from...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  05:48 PM ET, 07/14/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/10/2008

The Flip-flopping Flap

The flap over Barack Obama's recent public statements about his policy positions on Iraq and the FISA bill have led many to wonder whether the Illinois senator will be able to hold on to liberal Democrats he won over in the primaries while also wooing the independents and moderates who...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 07/03/2008

Navigating the Playing Field on Immigration

Sen. John McCain's trip to Latin America this week--his third foreign trip since clinching the Republican nomination--has brought immigration back to the forefront of the presidential campaign. As McCain hits Mexico City today and both candidates step up their efforts to reach out to Hispanic voters, a number of surveys...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  02:07 PM ET, 07/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 07/01/2008

McCain Courts Public Opinion

Sen. John McCain took up the cause of conservative judges this morning, announcing at a meeting of the National Sherriff's Association that if elected, he would appoint justices who mirror the views of Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia. His attention to the issue is...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  02:39 PM ET, 07/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 06/26/2008

SCOTUS: DC Gun Law

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today overturned a 32-year-old District of Columbia law limiting private gun ownership, for the first time expressly extending the Constitution's Second Amendment to private citizens. That ruling is also a split decision with respect to where the public stands on these issues....

By Jon Cohen  |  10:49 AM ET, 06/26/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/20/2008

Post-Primary Views of Clinton

In the first Washington Post-ABC News poll since she ended her presidential bid, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's favorability ratings have rebounded after reaching a campaign low-point in April. After dipping toward the end of the long Democratic nomination battle, Clinton's favorability rating is once again in positive territory: 54 percent...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/20/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/18/2008

The Better Halves

As Americans wade through the glut of information about the presumptive presidential nominees of each party, they also get to know the candidates' better halves. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows both Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama hold net positive favorable ratings, but many have yet to form opinions...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 06/17/2008

About Those Independents...

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll hints that the 2008 presidential election could mark the year independents reclaim their status as a swing group. After Karl Rove's 2004 strategy attempted to circumvent independents by focusing on the GOP base, independents appear to be back in the driver's seat. In this...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  03:30 PM ET, 06/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 06/17/2008

SCOTUS Gitmo Ruling

Most Americans oppose last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba should be able to challenge their incarcerations in the civilian court system. In the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 61 percent said non-citizens suspected of terrorism should not have these rights under the U.S. Constitution;...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:19 PM ET, 06/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 05/14/2008

McCain vs. Obama on Personal Attributes

Six months before the general election, public perceptions of the relative strengths and weaknesses of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain and Democratic front-runner Barack Obama are relatively static, though recent shifts on leadership, empathy and personal ethics hint at the battles to come. The two months of campaigning in the...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  05:21 PM ET, 05/14/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 04/25/2008

A Democratic Edge on Top Issues

The economy and the situation in Iraq have long been the public's top two priorities for this year's presidential election, and on both, more Americans said they think a Democratic president would do a better job handling the issue than a Republican. By nearly 20-point margins, Americans would choose an...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  01:44 PM ET, 04/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 04/22/2008

Unfavorables on the Rise

As the 2008 presidential nomination battle makes its final stop in the Northeast today, opinions about the major players in the race have begun to head south. As the Post has noted, the percentage rating each of the three presidential candidates unfavorably has climbed since voting began in January according...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  10:24 AM ET, 04/22/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 04/21/2008

McCain's Temperament

Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain's temperament came under close scrutiny in Michael Leahy's big piece in yesterday's paper, and his disposition may be a factor in the November election. Nearly half of voters in the new Post-ABC poll believe his temperament would hamper the Arizona senator in the White House....

By Jon Cohen  |  10:13 AM ET, 04/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/16/2008

White Catholics on 2008

Pope Benedict XVI did not expect to fly into an America still captivated by a heated election, but his arrival in Washington comes just a week before a crucial Democratic primary and amid increasingly heated general election rhetoric. Catholics make up about a quarter of all voters in the United...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 03/19/2008

Iraq: Public Opinion Five Years In

Five years after the start of the Iraq war, American public opinion has solidified around the notion that the war was not worth fighting and that the United States is not making significant progress toward restoring civil order there. For more than three years, majorities in Washington Post-ABC News polling...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  12:02 PM ET, 03/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/18/2008

SCOTUS: 2nd Amendment

As the Supreme Court takes up an historic guns case, a new Washington Post poll shows nearly three-quarters of Americans believe the 2nd amendment extends to individuals, that gun rights are not limited to "militias." A thornier question, however, is how this privilege stacks up with governmental interest in controlling...

By Jon Cohen  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 03/04/2008

Veepstakes

With the Democratic race for the nomination forging ahead and Mike Huckabee attempting to keep the Republican race alive, Behind the Numbers looks ahead to the next big moment in the presidential race: the veepstakes. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll asked Democrats and Republicans whom they would most like...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  04:56 PM ET, 03/04/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:59 PM ET, 03/03/2008

Should Clinton Fight On?

Conventional wisdom says Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's gaping deficit in the delegate race has led to a set of make or break primaries in Texas and Ohio today, but does the public agree? A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that should she win one of these two states, 67...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  07:59 PM ET, 03/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 02/22/2008

Satisfying the Democratic Electorate

They try, and they try, but can Democratic voters get any satisfaction? More than seven in 10 likely voters in the Ohio and Texas Democratic primaries said they'd be satisfied with each of the remaining candidates as the party's nominee, according to new Washington Post-ABC News state polls. About four...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  01:54 PM ET, 02/22/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 02/21/2008

March Madness

With the Democratic presidential nomination fight barreling towards March 4, two new surveys out today from the Washington Post and ABC News show an extremely close contest in Texas and a narrow Clinton edge in Ohio. Barack Obama resoundingly defeated Clinton in Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin by cutting into her...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  05:12 PM ET, 02/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 PM ET, 01/31/2008

Which 'Super' Do You Choose?

It's the motherlode of presidential primaries vs. the perfect season this week, and neither is a clear winner in the hearts of Americans according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll out today. About four in 10 adults said they are more excited about the Super Bowl, while nearly the...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  11:30 PM ET, 01/31/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 01/17/2008

Change I Am

It's hardly surprising that "change" is the election's "it" word. After all, more than three-quarters of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction and two-thirds feel "strongly" that the next president should not follow George W. Bush's lead. But just what does "change" mean? The latest Post-ABC...

By Jon Cohen  |  04:49 PM ET, 01/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/15/2008

New Year, New Low for Bush

George W. Bush's approval rating has hit a new low-point in Post-ABC polling. In the newly released poll, just 32 percent approve of the way President Bush is handling his job. The summary rating had been stuck at 33 percent from July to December. The president has not enjoyed an...

By Jon Cohen  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 01/14/2008

Race, Sex and the Battle for the Democratic Nod

Race and gender are this week's central flash-points in the race for the Democratic nomination. Here are some data from the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll to add to the mix. Clinton's advantages in national polling, which basically evaporated in the new poll, relied on overwhelming support among women. Now,...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  04:38 PM ET, 01/14/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 01/13/2008

Out on a High Note

Joe Gibbs's tenure with the Redskins has, once again, come to an end, and a new Washington Post poll shows his replacement will have very popular shoes to fill. About six in 10 D.C. adults have a favorable opinion of Gibbs, just 10 percent unfavorable. And in a surprising result...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:23 PM ET, 01/13/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 AM ET, 01/09/2008

About those Democratic pre-election polls

Yesterday's Democratic result is sure to fuel debate among poll-watchers about the accuracy of polls in contests with African American candidates. In several well-known, but long-ago examples, pre-election polls underestimated support for the white candidates in such campaigns. But in the 2006 elections, a strong showing by polls in elections...

By Jon Cohen  |  12:51 AM ET, 01/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 11/21/2007

Shaking Hands, Kissing Babies

Add Purell to the list of campaign essentials in Iowa. A third of likely Democratic caucus-goers said they'd had a conversation with or shaken the hand of one of the Democratic candidates for President according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News Iowa poll. And the candidate who's had the most...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  10:05 AM ET, 11/21/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 11/13/2007

Black Democrats: A Gender Gap

An interesting trend has emerged as Sen. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) has solidified her lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Previous divisions -- by race and by gender -- in Clinton's support seem to be narrowing. Overall, men and women both give Clinton a wide advantage over Sen....

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  04:09 PM ET, 11/13/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 11/07/2007

Democrats on Democrats

President Bush is far from the sole object of Americans' disapproval. In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, the approval rating of the U.S. Congress has dipped to 28 percent, below President Bush's current, career-low, mark of 33. And neither party's members of Congress fare much better. Just 32 percent...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  04:06 PM ET, 11/07/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 11/05/2007

Most Want Troop Draw-Down

Six in 10 Americans, a new high, want to decrease the number of U.S. forces in Iraq, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out this morning. Majorities have wanted to decrease troop levels since late 2005, but this is the first time 60 percent have advocated a draw-down. At...

By Jon Cohen  |  10:35 AM ET, 11/05/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 11/01/2007

Virginia Goes to the Polls, BTN Takes to the Airwaves

As Virginia voters prepare to head to the polls Tuesday for one of the nation's few odd-year statewide elections, a Washington Post poll shows a divided political landscape: one more favorable to Democrats than any since they lost control of the statehouse in 1999. Half of likely voters in Virginia...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:55 PM ET, 11/01/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 10/22/2007

On the Road in Virginia

Nearly a third of Virginians say that traffic and transportation is one of the state's top two issues, and nearly the same number say that traffic in their part of the state has gotten worse in the last five years, according to the latest Washington Post poll. Not surprisingly, perceptions...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  05:30 PM ET, 10/22/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 10/17/2007

Public Opinion from the Republican Wing

Former Masschusetts governor Mitt Romney last Friday told reporters he spoke for "the Republican wing of the Republican party," echoing a line made famous by Democrats Howard Dean and Paul Wellstone. The quip prompted an uproar among his competitors for the Republican nomination. But the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  05:35 PM ET, 10/17/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 10/08/2007

The Female Factor

Sen. Hillary Clinton's national lead surged last week in both Post-ABC and AP polling, solidifying her position as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Her sizable advantage raises the prospect of a woman's heading a major party presidential ticket for the first time. Is the potential to make history having...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  02:30 PM ET, 10/08/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 09/12/2007

Edwards's Outreach

Former senator John Edwards may be banking on the support of the rural, southern, white and male wings of the Democratic Party, but in none of these demographics does Edwards have an advantage over Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Overall in the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, he trails...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:14 PM ET, 09/12/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 09/04/2007

Virginia's Two Warners

Senator John Warner's announcement that he will not seek a sixth term in office virtually cements Virginia's status as a 2008 battleground state. The race to fill Sen. Warner's seat is likely to be one of the hottest in the nation. With Virginia more favorable towards Democrats than it has...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  05:36 PM ET, 09/04/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/30/2007

Iraqi Progress and the American Public

A forthcoming Government Accountability Office report showing that the Iraqi government has made little progress on 18 military and political objectives set forth by Congress could prompt calls for the U.S. to temper its support for the fledgling democracy. According to the July Washington Post-ABC News poll, 67 percent would...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  02:05 PM ET, 08/30/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 08/07/2007

The Power of the Party's List

Presidential candidates have been known to do many uniquely-Iowa things in hopes of a strong showing in the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses. Visiting the Iowa State Fair's butter cow and dropping in on the ice cream capital of the world are two traditional musts. So is paying up to $100,00 for...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  11:35 AM ET, 08/07/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 07/31/2007

Surveillance Cameras: Fighting Crime or Invading Privacy?

Are surveillance cameras in public places a helpful tool in solving crimes or are they a modern day Big Brother? Most Americans take the more benign view. Seven in 10 respondents in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll said they support the increased use of surveillance cameras as a way...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  12:19 PM ET, 07/31/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 07/27/2007

As Congress Goes, So Goes Clinton?

With two sitting senators atop the field of Democratic presidential candidates, what impact will Democrats' souring views on Congress have on the primary contest? The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll hints that it could change the dynamics of the race. Among Democrats who approve of the way the Democrats are...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  08:14 AM ET, 07/27/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 07/23/2007

Debate Prep

The eight candidates for the Democratic nomination for president are getting ready for tonight's debate in Charleston, S.C., but are people preparing to watch? A Washington Post-ABC News poll released today shows that only 31 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents have tuned in to any of the televised candidate...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  09:21 AM ET, 07/23/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 07/19/2007

Sizing Up the YouTube Vote

Less than a year after Senator George Allen was arguably unseated by a grainy online video, campaigns, activist groups and amateur pundits are flooding Web sites from YouTube to Facebook with political content in the run up to the 2008 presidential election. This new world of viral video and social...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:26 PM ET, 07/19/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/11/2007

AG "No Confidence:" Public Perspective

Senate Democrats plan a "no confidence" vote today on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, hoping to apply additional pressure on President Bush to make a change at the helm of the Justice Department. And what does the public think? By a wide margin the public disapproves of how Gonzales has...

By Jon Cohen  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/11/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 06/04/2007

Segmenting the Republican Electorate

In advance of Tuesday night's GOP debate, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani appears comfortably perched atop the field of Republicans running for president with a double-digit lead. But how solid is his advantage? In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, 34 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  07:00 PM ET, 06/04/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 05/04/2007

In Their Own Words: The First GOP Debate

Thursday night's nationally televised GOP presidential debate gave many Americans their first look at the full field of declared candidates, and for candidates languishing in polls such events might be their key out of the basement. In the most recent Post-ABC News poll, those more tuned into the '08 race...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  11:30 AM ET, 05/04/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 04/30/2007

What's in a Word? Amnesty

In Thursday night's Democratic debate - the first of this election cycle - one of the moderators read a question from a viewer in Oregon: "Senator Clinton, if you were currently the president, would you defy the majority of American citizens and offer a form of amnesty for illegal aliens?"...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  03:21 PM ET, 04/30/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 04/17/2007

The Democrats at 100 Days

The public's initial rating of the new Democratic majority in Congress is positive, but assessments on their handling of specific issues are generally lower and few think they have accomplished much in their first 100 days in power. Overall, 54 percent in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll approved of...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  08:54 AM ET, 04/17/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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