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Americans Think Blacks Are More Racist: Poll

Rasmussen finds racial divide

(Newser) - Racism is alive and well in America—among black people. Or at least, that's what a lot of Americans apparently believe according to a new Rasmussen Poll . The poll found that 37% of Americans believe that most black people are racist, while only 15% said the same of whites,... More »

Obama, Romney Are Basically Tied*

*But Obama still looks more likely to win the electoral college

(Newser) - If this year's presidential election was determined by the popular vote, it would be anybody's game. A new Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll today has President Obama leading by 1 point—essentially a statistical tie—while Investors Business Daily 's poll has Obama up by 2.3 points. But... More »

Obama Pulls Ahead

Obama gains momentum in swing states, makes tough road for Romney

(Newser) - President Obama's DNC acceptance speech may have inspired more yawns than fervor , but the latest polls are showing him a clear advantage, especially in several key swing states, reports Politico . Republican officials admit that their in-house tracking polls show Obama with a high-single-digits lead in crucial battleground state Ohio.... More »

Romney Takes Lead Over Obama

And it's his biggest lead yet

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has taken his biggest lead yet against President Obama in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll , winning the hypothetical matchup 45% to 39%, with 10% backing another candidate and 6% undecided. Last week, Rasmussen had Obama leading 44% to 41%. Neither candidate’s number is far afield from how... More »

Perry Jumps Ahead in New GOP Poll

Nabs 29%; Romney follows with 18%, Bachmann 13%

(Newser) - Rick Perry has soared ahead of his top rivals in the latest Rasmussen poll of likely GOP primary voters. With 29% support, he leads both Mitt Romney (18%) and Michele Bachmann (13%) by double digits. Ron Paul scored 9% support, with Herman Cain rounding out the top five at 6%.... More »

Come 2012, Follow These Polls

Quinnipiac, SurveyUSA tops for accuracy, finds Nate Silver

(Newser) - Now that the dust has settled, whose polls were the best predictors of the actual midterm results? Nate Silver ranks them by accuracy and party bias over the last 21 days of the election cycle. The most accurate, according to his calculations: Quinnipiac, which “showed little bias,” he... More »

Americans Aren't Voting for Republicans...

...they're voting against Democrats, writes Scott Rasmussen

(Newser) - Republicans will send more legislators to Congress tomorrow than at any time in the past 80 years, predicts pollster Scott Rasmussen in an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal . That’s in part because Democrats ignored all the warning signs over the past two years—“at least the... More »

Poll: Joe Miller Trouncing Lisa Murkowski

But write-in candidate still grabs impressive 25% in survey

(Newser) - How Republican is Alaska? So Republican that ex-Republican Lisa Murkowski is polling higher as a write-in than the Democratic nominee in the state’s Senate race. In the latest Rasmussen poll , GOP nominee Joe Miller has a commanding 42% lead, followed by Murkowski with 27%, and Democrat Scott McAdams with... More »

Poll: Tea Partier Will Trounce Reid

And she was supposed to be the 'easy' opponent

(Newser) - Sharron Angle was supposed to be the easiest possible opponent for Harry Reid, but the rumors of his resurrection may be greatly exaggerated. A day after Angle’s primary victory, a Rasmussen poll shows her jumping to an 11-point lead over Reid, with 50% of the vote to his 39%.... More »

Poll Sees Ron Paul Giving Obama Close Race

Rasmussen offers matchup in new poll

(Newser) - If in some parallel political universe, Ron Paul finds himself as the main candidate against President Obama in 2012, the race could be a squeaker. So says Rasmussen Reports , which posed that hypothetical matchup in a phone survey and found Obama beating Paul by just 42% to 41%. More »

GOP Won't Win Kennedy Seat—But It'll Be Close

Loss of 'Bush shield' will rattle Dems

(Newser) - The Republicans won't be able to pull off a stunning upset in the Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, but it'll be close enough to scare Democrats, predicts Steve Kornacki. State attorney General Martha Coakley should be able to muster enough resources to narrowly fend off challenger Scott... More »

Dems Should Worry About Kennedy Seat

Democrat Coakley will probably win, but it's not a given

(Newser) - A new Rasmussen poll says the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat is surprisingly close: It has Democrat Martha Coakley leading Republican Scott Brown 50-41 ahead of the Jan. 19 vote. Nate Silver thinks the poll is flawed and figures Coakley's lead is probably closer to 15 points.... More »

Michelle Follows Barack Down in Polls

55% approval rating lowest since Barack took office

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is still more popular than her husband, but America appears to have become more disenchanted with her as well. A recent Rasmussen Reports survey has the first lady’s approval at 55%, the lowest level since Barack Obama was sworn in almost a year ago, when Michelle polled... More »

Thank Right-Wing Nuts for Socialism's Fading Stigma

(Newser) - In a much-touted recent Rasmussen poll, only 53% of Americans said they preferred capitalism to socialism. Among those under 30, that figure fell to 37%. “If you comb the annals of Americans’ ideological preferences, you won’t find figures like these,” writes Harold Meyerson of the Washington Post.... More »

'Lockstep' Support of Israel Doesn't Represent US

(Newser) - You wouldn't know it to hear our political leaders talk, but the country is deeply divided over Israel’s attacks on Gaza, writes Glenn Greenwald on Salon. Most Republican voters support the action, while most Democratic ones do not. Yet Democratic bigwigs such as Pelosi and Reid offer "blind,... More »

Obama Grabs 50% in Poll

New threshold marks key advance against McCain's 42%

(Newser) - Barack Obama has the support of 50% of voters for the first time since beginning his run for the White House, according to the latest Gallup poll. It's a key symbolic threshold for Obama, who was evenly split at 45% with John McCain before the Democratic convention, reports Politico. McCain... More »

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