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The drop may be partially attributable to rising gas prices. Presidents win victories because ordinary Americans feel that their lives are going well, and we call those Presidents great communicators, because their public persona is the part of them we know. Disapproval of President Obama's handling of the economy is heading higher -- alongside gasoline prices -- as a record number of Americans now give the president "strongly" negative reviews on the 2012 presidential campaign's most important issue, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Sixty percent of Americans say the war in Afghanistan has not been not worth fighting and just 30 percent believe the Afghan public supports the U. mission there -- marking the sour state of attitudes on the war even before the shooting rampage allegedly by a U. It's hard to answer, because it's hypothetical; we haven't had a second-choice question in any of the exit polls this year. economy is growing, up from 27% last April and 3% in 2008. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows not only that Santorum is doing better among GOP women than he was a few weeks ago, but also that he is less unpopular -- and also less well known -- among Democratic and independent women than his Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Negatives associated with the Republican Party have not been this high since right after they lost the country in 2008. Most Americans still say the economy is in a rut, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll, but more and more say the economy is improving.
Roughly 6-in-10 Catholics (58%) believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception. Last Friday's drop in the unemployment rate from 8.5 to 8.3 percent marked the fifth consecutive month of declines in the jobless rate. President Barack Obama beats several of his possible Republican opponents in recent Gallup general election trial heats, but he is tied with GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, suggesting he could be facing a competitive race this fall. Our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is getting some buzz today, including some criticisms of the questionnaire design. The first month of the Republican nomination process is complete and it has produced one of the most exciting races in a generation.
For both reasons, journalists should keep their eye on the big picture. In all, the most predictable message of 2012 is likely to be that after a surge toward the Republicans following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a tide of disillusionment with President Bush that lifted the Democrats in 20, and a sharp snap back toward the GOP in 2010, America has reverted to being a 50-50 nation. The growing popularity of e-books and the adoption of specialized e-book reading devices are documented in a series of new nationally representative surveys by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project that look at the public's general reading habits, their consumption of print books, e-books and audiobooks, and their attitudes about the changing ways that books are made available to the public. A close look at the last month of the campaign reveals the painful contours of the Santorum slide.
Altogether five factors have converged to turn Pennsylvania into what could be Santorum's last stand. Mitt Romney again relied on well-off voters for a Midwest victory, leaning in Wisconsin on support from those with 0,000-plus incomes while running only about evenly against Rick Santorum among those less comfortable financially. As part of our Target Voter Series, Resurgent Republic sponsored four focus groups among seniors ages 65 and older in Tampa, Florida, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. registered voters say they would vote for Barack Obama for president, while 45% would choose likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney.
In each case, the party's primary fear has been losing support among the most socially-conservative elements of the white electorate: blue-collar, older and rural whites. The latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll found that a solid, if slightly diminishing, majority of Americans support key elements of Arizona's anti-illegal-immigration law that the White House is seeking to overturn.
But the survey also found that a preponderant majority of Americans reject the option of deporting all of the estimated 11 million immigrants here illegally. The Obama administration and congressional Democrats have spent much of this spring criticizing Hill Republicans for what they say is the GOP's opposition to legislative initiatives including the Violence Against Women Act, student-loan subsidies, and the Paycheck Fairness Act. American race relations appear to be moving in both directions at once as the nation hurtles through its greatest demographic transformation since the melting-pot era a century ago. A rising number of Americans see improvement in the economy, but a persistent wariness about their own financial circumstances is allowing Mitt Romney to persuade voters that he could improve their economic prospects more than President Obama, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Last month, virtually all House Republicans voted for Paul Ryan's latest budget plan ("The Path to Prosperity") -- and according to the latest battleground survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps and Women's Voices.