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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/behind-the-numbers
Filed Under:US Politics / US Elections
Posts on Regator:341
Posts / Week:2.2
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Syria: Will Americans support military action?

A massacre last week of more than 100 civilians — including women and children — cast a pall on U.N. peacekeeping efforts in Syria, provoking near-universal international condemnation. Many in Washington are frustrated and are urging the United States to do, well, something. Show More Summary

Gas prices dropping. Will consumer spending rise?

Americans are noticing slumping gas prices, according to a new poll from the Washington Post and the Pew Research Center. But a key question lingers for the country’s economy still stuck in limbo: Will gas money saved yield a fresh round of consumer spending? Read full article >>

GOP women warm to Romney, slicing popularity gap vs. Obama, according to new poll

Republican women are rallying to Mitt Romney — their party’s now-certain presidential nominee — boosting him to his best-ever showing on a fundamental measure of personal popularity, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read full article >>

Egyptian election: Will U.S. lose?

A burgeoning democracy movement has energized Egypt, culminating in a landmark presidential election that started on Wednesday. But a poll released this month shows Egyptians are grappling with dual commitments to Islam and basic democratic liberties as the country shifts from decades of autocratic rule. Read full article >>

Romney bullying incident fazes few, poll finds

A nearly 50-year-old bullying allegation against Mitt Romney doesn’t faze many voters, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Most Americans see the incident -- recounted by some of Romney’s high school classmates in a Washington Post story -- as not serious, and almost all, 90 percent, say it is not an issue that will affect voting. Read full article >>

Before NATO summit Obama’s approval rating split on Afghanistan, international affairs

The public splits roughly down the middle on President Obama’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan and managing international affairs more broadly. Those middling ratings come from the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, conducted just before Obama attended the NATO summit in Chicago Read full article >>

Romney’s tax, health-care proposals draw partisan reaction

More voters favor than oppose Mitt Romney’s proposal for an across-the-board 20-percent cut in federal income tax rates according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. But there’s an even split on his call to repeal the landmark health-care law passed in 2010. Read full article >>

Political surveys survive response fall-off, Pew finds

The Pew Research Center’s latest detailed study of survey quality paints a worrisome picture for survey response rates, but again shows that a well-done telephone poll — even one with response rates in the high single-digits — accurately represent the U.S. population on a broad range of political and demographic measures. Read full article >>

Voters split on Obama's gay marriage announcement

Voters divide straight down the middle on President Obama’s recent statement that he supports allowing gays and lesbians to get married, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. As with the issue itself, views of the president’s...Show More Summary

Poll trend on same sex marriage

Use the interactive below to see how different groups have changed (or not) their views on gay marriage in recent years. Read full article >>

Virginia poll: Key voting groups

A dissection of voting groups in Virginia shows President Obama holding together key parts of his 2008 coalition. Mitt Romney has some ground to cover to match or exceed John McCain’s 2008 performance in several areas, according to a new Washington Post Virginia poll. Read full article >>

Is Obama’s chest thumping a turnoff?

Republicans are crying foul over a new campaign ad from President Obama taking credit for dispatching Osama bin Laden one year ago — and for marking the occasion with a surprise journey to Afghanistan yesterday to mark the occasion. George W. Show More Summary

Poll: baseball tops basketball, hockey and NASCAR

Sports fans of all stripes have something to be happy about this time of year, with the NBA and NHL playoffs in full swing, baseball back in season and NASCAR revving its collective engines. Professional baseball emerges as the winner, however. Show More Summary

Rubio’s Hispanic appeal uncertain

Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) potential to court Hispanic voters is fueling speculation that Mitt Romney will pick him as a running mate. And his effort to develop an alternative to the DREAM Act is drawing attention, as the Republican Party seeks to reverse its losing dynamic among Hispanic voters, who supported Barack Obama by more than 2 to 1 in 2008. Read full article >>

The United Nations: Do Americans still hate it?

The United Nations has never been America’s most popular institution, and it has received its worst ratings on record in the past decade. It’s derided as giving a platform for two-bit dictators and being a useless, inefficient bureaucracy — see John Bolton’s famous quote (“The secretariat building in New York has 38 stories. Show More Summary

Sip sip hooray: Capitals fans most upscale in area

Wine and cheese rather than beer and brats might be the celebration of choice for Capitals fans in the wake of their first-round playoff victory over the Boston Bruins. Syndicated research as well as polling from The Washington PostShow More Summary

Arizona immigration law persistently popular

Arizona’s immigration law — slated to be heard Wednesday by the Supreme Court — has stirred up accusations of racism, conference boycotts and a strident legal challenge from the Obama administration. Despite all the controversy, the judgment from poll after poll is clear: Americans like the law. A lot. Read full article >>

Michelle Obama, Ann Romney both more popular than husbands

President Obama and Mitt Romney -- his likely competitor for the country’s top job -- have one thing in common: they are both less popular than their wives. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, first lady Michelle Obama continues to check in with a sky-high favorable rating of 69 percent, well above our latest read on the president himself. Read full article >>

Gas prices: Global problem, domestic blame  

Gas price spikes have the potential to focus American voters on global issues like limited oil supply, potential conflicts in the Middle East and economic growth in China and India. Indeed, economists point to all three of these as key factors in gas prices. Read full article >>

Poll: Romney rallies GOP, faces big popularity deficit for general election

Mitt Romney’s favorable numbers among Republicans have shot to a record high, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted after Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential contest a week ago. Read full article >>

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