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Poll: Biden-Trump Rematch Would Leave Voters Cold

Many say they'll be angry unless the next president is someone else

(Newser) - The prospect of Joe Biden and Donald Trump being their party's presidential nominee again in 2024 would not only leave voters unhappy, a new poll finds, a victory by either would make many of them angry. The lack of enthusiasm also applies to Republicans about Trump and Democrats about...

Afghanistan, Virus Take Toll on Biden's Ratings

For the first time, president's approval numbers fall below 50%

(Newser) - The delta variant of the coronavirus appears to be having an effect on President Biden's popularity. His overall approval rating in a Washington Post-ABC News poll, taken early last week, fell to 44% from 50% from June, while his disapproval rating hit 51%. At the same time, concern about...

Poll: Trump's Approval Rating Slumps to 36%

58% of Americans disapprove of the job he's doing

(Newser) - A majority of Americans don't believe America is being made great again after nearly six months of President Trump in the Oval Office, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll that finds the president's approval rating slumping to 36%—down from 42% in April. Some 58% of Americans...

Trump Near 100 Days: Deeply Unpopular, With Staunch Base

President's numbers break a few record lows, but his voters are sticking with him

(Newser) - President Trump is proving as polarizing and vexing as candidate Trump once did: A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that while Trump remains a deeply unpopular president, the people who voted for him are sticking by him. The current inhabitant of the Oval Office has a 42% approval rating...

After Trump's Tough Month, Clinton Opens Up a Big Lead

The Democrat is now up by double digits

(Newser) - After a month plagued with what the Washington Post is calling "self-inflicted controversies," Donald Trump has taken a beating in that paper's latest poll, "foreshadowing that the November election could be a referendum on Trump more than anything else." Hillary Clinton—who in May's...

As Clock Winds Down, Race Is a Nail-Biter
 As Clock 
 Winds Down, 
 Race Is a Nail-Biter 

As Clock Winds Down, Race Is a Nail-Biter

Obama shows slight leads in many polls, others deadlocked

(Newser) - With the hourglass blessedly running out on Election 2012, Team Obama is scrambling to get out the vote, while Team Romney is making a late move for Pennsylvania, as the AP reports that both campaigns are projecting confidence going into Tuesday's vote. A look around the landscape and the...

GOP Women Help Mitt Close Ratings Gap

Obama remains far ahead on enthusiasm, but independents split

(Newser) - Now that Mitt Romney has finally clinched the Republican nomination, the party appears to be rallying around him, boosting his favorable numbers, according to a new Washington Post / ABC poll. Romney's favorable rating still trails President Obama's, but the 52%-41% gap is much closer than last month'...

Obama Slam Dunk Over Romney, Except...

...when it comes to the federal budget and economy

(Newser) - President Obama holds significant leads over GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney in all categories—except for the federal budget, and his handling of the economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll . According to the poll, 51% of registered voters would pick Obama over 44% for Romney. The president also...

67% Oppose Health Law's Individual Mandate
67% Oppose Health Law's Individual Mandate

67% Oppose Health Law's Individual Mandate

Majority of Americans want it tossed out by Supreme Court

(Newser) - As the Supreme Court prepares to open hearings on the constitutionality of the federal health care law next week, a new poll finds that Americans oppose the law 52% to 41%. And an even higher percentage—67%—want the court to either throw out the entire Affordable Care Act, or...

Gas Price Hikes Sink Obama in Poll

Latest poll shows Republicans are closing the gap

(Newser) - Just when it looked like the improving economy would lift President Obama's popularity ratings, along come soaring gas prices to drag them down. A record 50% of people now "strongly disapprove" of Obama's handling of the economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Gas prices...

Obama Nails Clear Lead in Romney Matchup Poll

Obama tops Romney 51%-45%, as economy lifts Prez's approval rating

(Newser) - Even as Mitt Romney moves firmly into the lead in the GOP presidential nomination race, the improving economy is lifting President Obama ahead of Romney, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll . Head to head, Obama now leads Romney 51% to 45% among registered voters—and 54% to 43%...

Obama's Approval Swells to 49%

Strongest since March as president improves among conservatives

(Newser) - President Obama's job-approval numbers remain poor, but at 49% they have rebounded to their strongest point since March, showing substantial improvements from young voters, seniors, and independents in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Since September, Obama's approval rating has risen by 9 percentage points among Democrats, to...

Poll: Obama's Bin Laden Bounce So Over

 bin Laden 
 Is Over 
says poll

Obama's bin Laden Bounce Is Over

President's approval fades, Mitt sitting pretty: Poll

(Newser) - The raid that killed Osama bin Laden bought President Obama barely a month of higher approval ratings, according to the latest Washington Post / ABCNews poll. The president's approval rating, which stood at 47% in April, surged to 57% in May, but has now dropped right back down to...

For 1st Time, Most Americans Back Gay Marriage

ABC/Post survey finds 53% in favor

(Newser) - A new survey from ABC and the Washington Post suggests a milestone for gay rights: More than half of Americans—53% to be exact—say gay men and women should be able to legally marry. It's the first time the percentage has cracked the 50% mark in almost 10 years...

Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Mosque

And nearly half have a negative view of Islam

(Newser) - The proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero—and the entire religion of Islam, for that matter—get little love in a new Washington Post-ABC poll :
  • Two-thirds oppose the construction of the center and mosque, with most of those (82%) saying it's because of the location.
  • 49% have an unfavorable view

Gulf Oil Spill Worse Than Katrina: Poll

Majority of Americans want BP to face criminal charges

(Newser) - The federal government's handing of the Gulf oil spill is even worse than its reaction to Hurricane Katrina, and BP should face criminal charges related to the disaster, a majority of Americans say in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll . The feds' reaction was "poor" or "not so...

14% Think Obama Born Outside US

ABC/ Washington Post poll puts a number to the birthers

(Newser) - Hmmm, maybe President Obama ought to stop cracking jokes about his birth certificate. In a new ABC/Washington Post poll, 14% say he was born outside the United States. Which means that a year and a half into his presidency, a sizable chunk of people think he's not legally entitled to...

70% of Voters Want Incumbents Out
70% of Voters Want Incumbents Out

70% of Voters Want Incumbents Out

Country approaches midterm elections in sour mood

(Newser) - Right, left, and center, voters are unhappy: A new poll shows Americans heading into the midterm elections in the most anti-incumbent mood since 1994, with less than a third of voters leaning toward backing their current representatives in November. "I'm not really happy right now with anybody," one...

GOP Makes More Gains With Public
GOP Makes
More Gains
With Public
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GOP Makes More Gains With Public

More than half of America feels 'anti-incumbent'

(Newser) - There’s more bad news for Democrats in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll , which shows that the once-decimated Republicans have essentially evened the playing field. More than 70% gave Congress a failing grade, with almost half saying they felt “anti-incumbent” to just more than a third feeling “...

Why Post Poll Matters —and Why It Doesn't
 Why Post Poll Matters 
 —and Why It Doesn't 
pundit roundup

Why Post Poll Matters —and Why It Doesn't

New survey shows more support for public option

(Newser) - A new Washington Post/ABC poll showing an uptick in support for the public option—it stands at 57%—has pundits weighing in on the impact:
  • George Stephanopoulos, ABC: It's likely "those numbers aren't strong enough—at least not yet—to shake enough swing senators off their opposition to the

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