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Public Supports Entitlement Overhaul, but Not Cuts

Updated 4:09 pm With Social Security and Medicare reform apparently in the debt ceiling talks mix, the Pew Research Center has just released a poll showing that the public indeed supports major changes to the programs – but not cuts in benefits. This is approximately like saying you want to lose weight, but on the Kentucky Fried Chicken diet designed by Col. Sanders. According to

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Todays Obama Poll: Americans Want Out of Afghanistan

The number of people saying U.S. troops should be brought home from Afghanistan shot up eight percentage points in a month to 56 percent, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center. Only 39 percent favor keeping them there until the situation stabilizes. From the Pew report: A year ago, just 40 percent favored removing the troops as soon as possible, while 53%

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Today’s Obama Poll || Six in Ten Say Nation on Wrong Track

In a potentially ominous sign for President Obama, 62 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 12 percent more than when the question was asked last month. The result could have implications not only for Obama but for the deficit talks with more and more Americans, it would seem, prepared to swallow

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Americans Really Want Obamacare Repealed

A strong majority of Americans wants to repeal Obamacare, according to a poll released today by Rasmussen Reports. The survey of likely voters finds that 54 percent at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law while 35 percent are at least somewhat opposed. And the passion is with the opponents. Some 41 percent strongly favor appeal compared to 28 percent strongly oppose it.

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Today’s Obama Poll || Health Mandate Opposed

A new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds that a 54 percent of Americans oppose the Obamacare mandate to purchase health insurance, while 44 percent support it. Backers and opponents agree that without the mandate, much of the law cannot stand, since full participation is needed to help insurers absorb the cost of having to cover all comers with various protections and at reasonable rates. The mandate

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Obama’s Bin Laden Bounce: The Thrill is Gone

Several polls released this week show President Obama’s approval rating right about back where he was before U.S. forces knocked off Bin Laden, hovering in the mid to upper 40s after breaching the 50 percent level in many polls through the month of May. The recent spate of a bad news about the economy has clearly erased Bin Laden from the minds of voters just

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Today’s Obama Poll || Americans 50-50 on Gutsy Call

American voter are about evenly divided on whether Obama indeed made a “gutsy” call in ordering the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, according to a new Fox News poll. While 48 percent think giving the green light was a “gutsy move,” 49 percent call it a “no brainer” that any president would have chosen to do. This is perhaps why many polls show Obama

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Bin Laden Killing Fails So Far to Help Obama in Polls

President Obama’s authorization of a successful mission to kill Osama Bin Laden has so far failed to boost his approval rating, according to two polls released today. CNN/Opinion Research polls conducted Monday and in the days prior to the announcement of the attack show Obama’s approval rating rising from 51 to 52 percent, well within the margin of error. Newsweek/Daily Beast polls taken before and

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Today’s Obama Poll || America Wants Repeal of Obamacare

Forty four percent of voters believe the health reform law should be repealed compared with 38 percent who do not, demonstrating a persisting thumbs down for Obamacare even after its initial measures – like guaranteeing insurance for those with pre-existing conditions and keeping young adults on their parents policies – have been rolled out. Obama has pretty much given up trying to sell the law,

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Today’s Obama Poll || Is This Obamanomics?

Obamanomics – definition O-ba-ma-nom-ics (noun): An economic policy resulting in slow growth, accelerating inflation, and stubborn unemployment. That appears to be what many people believe Obamanomics is. In a striking new poll released today by Gallup, 55 percent of Americans think the United States is either in a recession or a depression. Neither are true, but it gives you an idea of how people think

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Today’s Obama Poll || This Train is Off Track

More bad polling news for Obama. Only 26 percent of adults think the nation is headed in the right direction, the lowest level in two years, according to a New York Times/CBS poll. Seventy percent think we’re on the wrong track, and disapproval of Obama’s handling of the economy is at 57 percent. And 59 percent say he’s not handling the deficit right, even after

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Today’s Obama Poll || Plurality Won’t Vote for Obama

Forty four percent of registered voters say they will not vote for President Obama and 37 percent say they will, according to a new poll by the Marist polling agency and McClatchy Newspapers. The numbers suggest that support for Obama’s reelection is lagging even behind his approval ratings, which hover somewhere in the low to mid 40s. Particularly frightening for the president is that 47

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