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Poll Watchers: Rick Perry for president, Wall Street Republicans

• Rick Perry for president? – Texas Gov. Rick Perry acknowledged Friday that he will consider a bid for the GOP nomination for president. But do Republicans think he should join the fray? A CNN poll released Friday found that 40 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents would like Perry to run, but 50 percent prefer he stay on the sidelines. Slightly more, 48 percent, said they would like to see Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) enter the contest. When asked about the current contenders, 61 percent say they are at least fairly satisfied with the Republican candidates running for president, but only 16 percent are very satisfied.

• Whither Wall Street Republicans? – A report from the Pew Research Center’s Political Typology survey finds that staunch conservatives – the most Republican leaning group –clearly believe corporations make a fair profit. But this conservative group is more divided on the economic contributions of Wall Street. Forty-eight percent of staunch conservatives say Wall Street helps the American economy more than it hurts, but 39 percent take the opposite view. Perceptions of Wall Street are more positive among independent-leaning Libertarians and “Post-moderns” (who voted Democratic in 2008); 56 percent of each group believes Wall Street helps the economy more than it hurts.

• What’s the population of gays in the United States? - A new Gallup poll finds the public vastly overestimating the size of the gay and lesbian population in the country. On average, people think that roughly 25 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian. Gallup notes that this number is many times larger than estimates from public opinion surveys, which put the figure of gay, lesbian or bisexual adults at roughly 3.5 percent.

Scott Clement is the polling manager at The Washington Post, specializing in public opinion about politics, election campaigns and public policy.

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