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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Tea party support stable, but interest is waning

More than three years after its inception, the tea party continues to attract support from more than four in 10 Americans. But a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds waning interest in the political movement and a drop in the number of women giving positive reviews of its message. Read full article >>

‘Root, root, root’: About half follow Major League Baseball

With Major League Baseball and the hometown Nationals now in the full swing of spring, a recent study from Scarborough Sports Marketing finds about half of American adults and 44 percent of “Generation Y” adults are “fans” of the big leagues, with about 15 percent of all adults and 13 percent of younger adults labeled “avid fans.” Read full article >>

Poll: Romney weaker than Obama on foreign policy

Mitt Romney plans to challenge President Obama broadly on foreign policy this year, and the presumptive Republican nominee will probably deliver a major address on the topic in April or May. If he is to convince voters that he would be better than Obama on the world stage, he has a steep hill to climb. Read full article >>

Poll: What do voters think of Santorum campaign suspension?

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and leading stumbling block to Mitt Romney’s path to the GOP nomination, announced Tuesday he will suspend his presidential campaign. Republicans and independents who lean to the GOP were...Show More Summary

Romney winning struggling middle-class voters

More than four in 10 Americans see themselves as belonging to the middle class, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that if the 2012 election were held today, they would split 50 percent for President Obama vs. 46 percent for Mitt Romney. Read full article >>

Poll: Gas price pain — and blame

A third of all Americans say surging gasoline prices have caused serious financial hardship in their households, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with more than six in 10 reporting some pinch. Read full article >>

Why is Santorum losing ground in Pennsylvania?

Only a month ago, Rick Santorum appeared headed toward a landslide in Pennsylvania. Now, he faces a a close fight to defend his home state against Mitt Romney on April 24. Pennsylvania Republicans widely see Santorum as more honest, and nearly four in 10 say “Etch A Sketch” is a fair description of Romney. Show More Summary

Google edges out Apple in favorable ratings

In the battle of the technology giants, Google beats out Apple in basic favorable ratings by 82 to 74 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Facebook comes in with a 58 percent favorable rating. Upstart Twitter has yet to make a similar impact among technology companies. Show More Summary

Wisconsin exit polls highlights

Mitt Romney’s grip on the Republican nomination tightened last night, with convincing victories in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Romney’s win in Wisconsin can be chalked up to strong performances across some of his most reliable voting groups, including electability and upper-income voters. Show More Summary

Romney’s Maryland blowout by the numbers

Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory in the Maryland Republican primary thanks to a double dose of higher-income voters and people who see his ideological positions as being in line with their own.  Read full article >>

Wisconsin and Maryland exit polls: an early look

Republicans account for fewer than six in 10 voters in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary according to preliminary exit polls, marking a sharp downturn from 2008 Four years ago, they made up 73 percent of voters, well above the roughly six in 10 in Tuesday’s contest. Show More Summary

Wisconsin, Maryland exit polls: What to watch for

Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia host Republican primaries Tuesday, with Mitt Romney poised to perform well in all three and increase his delegate lead. Here are some of the key factors to watch as the exit polls roll in after 5 p.m. Tune in to @postpolls on twitter and the Post’s live blog for live exit poll analysis throughout the night! Read full article >>

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

Most Americans say their views of the controversial 2010 health care law — and of the Supreme Court itself — are unmoved by last week’s showdown at the high court, according to a new poll by the Washington Post and the Pew Research Center. Show More Summary

Romney’s slog to the nomination: Not what you might think

Mitt Romney has been knocked by his Republican opponents as a weak front-runner who can’t lock up the Republican nomination for president, despite his big advantages in money and organization. His main challengers, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, argue that Romney’s lack of traction stems from a lack of appeal to the party’s conservative base. Show More Summary

Is Russia still America’s bogeyman?

Republicans pounced on President Obama this week after he seemed to offer discreet assurances to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have more “flexibility” on nuclear defense missile negotiations once the election year is over. Show More Summary

Romney and Obama favorables: A detailed view

Unfavorable views of Mitt Romney have hit a new high in Washington Post-ABC News poll, as the former Massachusetts governor is well behind President Obama on the most straightforward measure of popularity. Use the interactive chart below to see how the two match up across groups in Post-ABC polls Sept. 2011 to now. Read full article >>

Americans want Supreme Court arguments televised

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today on the health reform law, but the general public will have to settle for audio recordings and color sketches. Americans aren’t thrilled about the arrangement, and appear to have turned sharply against the practice in the past decade. Read full article >>

The exaggerated life of ‘death panels’

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) just reached its second birthday, and this week, the Supreme Court will consider whether it will see its third. But in one sense, the die has already been cast: Ever since the legislation was enacted, Americans’ opinions have been relatively stable, with support never outpacing opposition. Read full article >>

Friday feedback: Twitterverse offers one-word reactions to GOP candidates

We asked Twitter followers to sum up Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul in a single word, just as we asked a nationally representative sample of Americans to do in a Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll released Friday. Show More Summary

Romney and Gingrich one-word descriptions: 2011 vs. 2012

The word “Mormon” has faded as the top mentioned description for Mitt Romney, being replaced by “no” and “rich” this month. Growing numbers now say “old” when asked for a one-word reaction to Newt Gingrich. Read full article >>

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