- Public support for Afghanistan pullout – More than seven in 10 Americans favor Obama’s plan to remove roughly 30,000 troops by the end of next summer, according to a new Gallup poll. Asked whether Obama is withdrawing the right amount of troops, roughly three in 10 of respondents said more than 30,000 troops should be withdrawn, while 19 percent said the number is “too high.” This closely matches a Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll finding that more Americans said Obama will not remove troops from Afghanistan quickly enough – 29 percent – than said he would withdraw too quickly – 14 percent. In both polls, more than four in 10 said Obama’s rate for withdrawing troops is “about right.”
- Gay marriage and adoption in Virginia – A slight majority of registered Virginia voters – 52 percent – oppose a law allowing same-sex couples to tie the knot, according to a new Quinnipiac poll, but opposition is nine percentage points lower for allowing gay couples to adopt children; 51 percent support adoption rights while 43 percent are opposed. Those results are similar to a Washington Post poll of Virginia residents in May; 55 percent of residents said gay adoption should be legal. Views on gay marriage were more closely divided in The Post poll, 47 to 43 percent legal vs. illegal.
In the Quinnipiac poll, almost six in 10 voters in the commonwealth say state-run adoption agencies should not discriminate between prospective parents who are gay or straight, but the public splits on whether church-run adoption agencies should be allowed to turn down same-sex prospective parents; 48 percent say they should while 45 percent say they should not.
- Enthused about GOP candidates? – Not just yet, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll. Two-thirds of registered Republican voters say there is not any one candidate whom they feel enthusiastic about at the moment. Just 7 percent name either Mitt Romney or Michele Bachmann. All the other candidates are named by only 1 or 2 percent. Fully seven in 10 wish there were more choices in the Republican field.
Just because the candidates haven’t excited the base yet doesn’t mean Republicans are less enthusiastic about voting in 2012. More than eight in 10 say they are every bit as enthusiastic if not more so about voting in the next presidential election as compared to previous ones. A third of Republicans are more enthusiastic about voting compared with about a quarter of Democrats or independents who say the same about 2012.