Poll: Greg Abbott Extends Lead Over Abortion Barbie To 11 Points In Texas Gubernatorial Race

Poll: Greg Abbott Extends Lead Over Abortion Barbie To 11 Points – Weasel Zippers

It would be immensely satisfying to watch Abbott crush Davis.


Via Texas Tribune:

After what are shaping up to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, Republican Greg Abbott starts the general election race for governor with an 11-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Meanwhile, several statewide races on the Republican primary ballot – for lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller – appear headed for May runoffs. None of the leaders in those races looks close to the 50 percent support they would need to win next month’s primary outright.

In the governor’s race, Abbott would beat Davis 47 percent to 36 percent in a general election held today, with 17 percent of registered voters saying they have not made up their minds about which candidate to support, according to the poll.

“We’ve been talking since the beginning of this race about whether anything would be different, and we’re not seeing anything that’s different,” said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. “There was some talk about how Davis had done better in our last poll, and that was partially an artifact of her rise in the fall, and we’re seeing something of a reassertion of the normal pattern.”

In the October survey, Davis’ announcement and sudden political celebrity cut the Republican’s lead over her to 6 percentage points. Now, the distance between the two has widened a bit.

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Economist Poll: 71% Of Obama Voters Now Regret Voting For His Re-election

Poll: 71% Of Obama Voters, 55% Democrats ‘Regret’ Voting For His Re-election – Washington Examiner

Over seven in 10 Obama voters, and 55 percent of Democrats, regret voting for President Obama’s reelection in 2012, according to a new Economist/YouGov.com poll.


Conducted to test the media hype about a comeback by 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the new poll found voters still uninspired by Romney, but also deeply dissatisfied with Obama who has so far failed to capitalize on his victory over 15 months ago.

The poll asked those who voted for Obama’s reelection a simple question: “Do you regret voting for Barack Obama?”

- Overall, 71 percent said yes, 26 percent no.

- 80 percent of whites said yes, 61 percent of blacks said no and 100 percent of Hispanics said yes.

- 84 percent of women said yes, and just 61 percent of men agreed.

- 55 percent of Democrats said yes, as did 71 percent of independents.

Still, given the choice of Obama versus Romney, Obama supporters said they would stick with their guy, 79 percent to 10 percent for Romney.

But his voters seem to have moved on and are ready for the next election, giving Obama very early lame duck status before the midterm elections. The poll, for example, found that Hillary Clinton has a higher favorability rating than the president. While Obama is underwater in his ratings, Clinton is buoyed by a 50-percent favorable to 43-percent unfavorable rating, with a sizable 28 percent rating her “very favorable.”

As for Romney, his favorable ratings have dropped, but he would edge Obama by about three million votes, probably because Americans are not wowed by Obama’s second term performance, not because they like Romney more.

Said the poll: “In YouGov research conducted from February 6th-7th, we went about it in a slightly different way, asking people who voted for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama whether they would do it again. We found an ostensibly similar picture: 90 percent of people who voted for Romney would do it again, compared to only 79 percent of Obama voters who would.

“Clearly Romney fares better, although he had fewer voters to begin with. As a proportion of the voters each of them actually received in 2012 (66 million for Obama and 61 million for Romney), the GOP candidate ends up with 55 million votes retained to Obama’s 52 million. Not exactly a wipeout. It’s also unclear for any poll that hypothetically revisits 2012 how much it says about renewed hope for Mitt Romney – who has notably been liberated from the scrutiny of a presidential campaign – rather than about dissatisfaction with an incumbent president who has spent the last year defending his administration over leaks, scandals and Obamacare roll-outs.”

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Poll: 73 Percent Of Americans Say 113th Congress Is Worst Ever… Because It Is

Poll: Americans Say 113th Congress Is Worst Ever – News Max

An overwhelming majority of Americans say the 113th Congress is the worst in their lifetime, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday.


While nearly three quarters of the respondents said this has been a “do-nothing” Congress, two thirds of those surveyed said the current Congress is the worst in their lifetime, with 28 percent disagreeing.

“That sentiment exists among all demographic and political subgroups. Men, women, rich, poor, young old – all think this year’s Congress has been the worst they can remember,” Keating Holland, CNN polling director, said.

“Older Americans – who have lived through more congresses – hold more negative views of the 113th Congress than younger Americans. Republicans, Democrats and independents also agree that this has been the worst session of Congress in their lifetimes.”

The telephone poll of 1,035 adults nationwide showed that 73 percent say Congress has done nothing to solve the country’s problems, with roughly 25 percent disagreeing.

Indeed, less than 60 bills have been passed and signed into law during the past year, according to CNN, and there is not much optimism that next year will be much better.

Fifty-two percent believe the policies of Democratic leaders in Congress would move the country in the wrong direction, and 54 percent think the policies of the Republican leaders would do the same, the survey found. The poll, conducted Dec. 16-19, had a sampling error of plus or minus three percent.

One of the first tests of where Congress is headed in 2014 will be the fight over the debt ceiling, and analysts are somewhat divided about the prospects, reports The Washington Times.

“I don’t think there’s any political reason why they’ll fight over this, at least not to the degree that they have in the past,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said Wednesday on CNN.

But others maintain that could still be gridlock, despite the bipartisan budget deal reached earlier this month.

“I believe we very quickly began to move away from ‘Kumbaya’ a couple weeks ago,” Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, said Tuesday on MSNBC.

“I’m afraid we’re not going to see a lot [of cooperation], but we’ll see some,” he added.

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Poll: 37% Of Americans Say Zombies Would Do Better Job Running Country Than Federal Government

37% Say Zombies Would Do Better Job Than Federal Gov’t, 37% Opt For Feds – Rasmussen Reports

It’s not exactly a vote of confidence in the powers that be: A sizable number of Americans think the undead would do a better job than the brain dead in Washington, D.C.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults believe the federal government would do a better job than zombies running the country today. But the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most Americans don’t share that view, with just as many (37%) who feel zombies would do a better job running the country and another 26% who can’t decide between the two. (To see survey question wording, click here.)


These findings are no surprise, given that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters now view the federal government unfavorably, with 34% who have a Very Unfavorable opinion of it.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Democrats still pledge allegiance to the federal government, but pluralities of Republicans (45%) and those not affiliated with either major political party (44%) have more confidence in zombies when it comes to running the nation’s affairs.

Only six percent (6%) of all Americans anticipate a zombie apocalypse, so supporters of the federal government can rest easy. Eighty-two percent (82%) do not, but 12% are not sure.

Among those who expect an apocalypse, 74% say they are at least somewhat prepared, with 53% who are Very Prepared.

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 29-30, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Forty-one percent (41%) of Americans nationwide say they have watched a movie like “World War Z” or a TV show like “The Walking Dead” about a zombie apocalypse.

But only five percent (5%) think the recent boom in zombie-based books, films and TV shows is good for society. Thirty-five percent (35%) see this recent popularity as bad for society, while 51% say it has no impact.

Most adults 65 and older think the zombie craze is bad for society. Most younger adults say it has no impact.

Americans ages 18 to 64 express slightly more confidence in zombies to run things than in the federal government. Seniors have more faith in the government.

Men are more likely than women to think zombies would do a better job running the country. Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites and other minority Americans to believe the government would do a better job than zombies.

Americans who expect a zombie apocalypse express a lot less confidence in the federal government.

Just 25% of voters think the country is heading in the right direction, although that’s up from 13% during the recent federal government shutdown.

Fifty-four percent (54%) want a long-term budget deal that cuts federal spending, but 64% expect another shutdown soon because Congress can’t reach such a deal.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters consider the federal government a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights.

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Hopey-Changey Poll: U.S. Race Relations Have Plummeted Under Obama Regime

Poll: Race Relations Have Plummeted Since Obama Took Office – Daily Caller

Public attitudes about race relations have plummeted since the historic election of President Barack Obama, according to a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.


Only 52 percent of whites and 38 percent of blacks have a favorable opinion of race relations in the country, according to the poll, which has tracked race relations since 1994 and was conducted in mid-July by Hart Research Associations and Public Opinion Strategies.

That’s a sharp drop from the beginning of Obama’s first term, when 79 percent of whites and 63 percent of blacks held a favorable view of American race relations.

Negative views on race relations have also increased substantially. According to the poll [pdf], 45 percent of whites and 58 percent African-Americans now believe race relations are very or fairly bad, compared with 2009, when only 20 percent of whites and 30 percent of blacks held an unfavorable view.

Although the NBC/WSJ survey addressed the politically fueled Trayvon Martin controversy only obliquely (asking how the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Martin’s shooting death had affected respondents’ views of the legal system), the survey’s historical time frame – which shows the steepest declines in positives and increases in negatives coming in the last two years – suggests the firestorm over the Martin case played a role in diminishing the high solidarity between whites and blacks that was exemplified by Obama’s election.

By November 2011, three years after Obama’s election, only 22 percent of whites and 41 percent of African-Americans believed that race relations were fairly bad or very bad. Positive views have fallen correspondingly since November 2011, when 75 percent of whites and 57 percent of blacks said race relations were either good or very good.

Obama garnered intense criticism in March 2012 for weighing in on the shooting death of Martin, announcing, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Obama went a step further in July 2013, after the acquittal of neighborhood watchman Zimmerman in Martin’s death, declaring, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

As The Daily Caller reported, the Obama administration’s Justice Department sent a unit with a history of anti-white racial advocacy to Sanford, Florida to help facilitate protests in the area calling for Zimmerman’s prosecution in 2012, including a major rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton.

The bitter 2012 election, which saw Obama running on a stagnating economy and his supporters mounting intense attacks on challenger Mitt Romney, may also have contributed to the souring of race relations. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which steadfastly supports the Obama administration, distributed pro-Obama election flyers in 2012 with lynching and Ku Klux Klan imagery.

Although these efforts may have helped boost African-American turnout to record levels and deliver the key states of Florida and Ohio to Obama, they do not appear to have done much for black Americans. The black unemployment rate in the United States is currently 13.7 percent, more than six points higher than the national unemployment rate, which stands at 7.6 percent.

Overall, the public’s view of race-relations has fallen back to levels reported in 1994 and 2007.

The increased division is a long way from the hope for improved race relations that fueled and accompanied Obama’s 2008 victory.

“It’s all about the coalition of the willing,” Michael Stewart, a progressive activist, told The Chicago Tribune in November 2009. “I’ve come to appreciate people as individuals, not by their race [and] there’s more a focus on what we have in common than what divides us.”

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Apparently, 11 Percent Of U.S. Doctors Are Retarded

Poll: Only 11% Of Doctors Have Faith In ObamaCare – Independent Journal Review

In perhaps the understatement of the summer, it’s safe to say that it’s been a pretty rough stretch for ObamaCare over the last couple of months. Nancy Pelosi still unavailable for comment.


First, Team Obama announced that the employer mandate would be postponed for a year due to the 2014 midterm elections an over-complicated reporting system. Then, the GAO announced that insurance exchanges being set up by the federal government in more than 30 states “could” (will) miss an October 1 deadline for open enrollment. Then, the House voted to delay implementation of the individual mandate until 2015. Thirty-five Democrats broke with Nancy Pelosi and voted for the delay.

And now, a new survey shows that only 11% of physicians have faith that ObamaCare exchanges will be ready for business as originally planned.

As reported by CNBC, those doctors – by a wide margin – also said they are “not at all familiar” with how a number of important aspects of those exchanges and plans offered on them will work – aspects that will directly affect their bottom lines. More than 65% percent of them gave that answer to all but one of the questions asking their familiarity with plan benefits levels, contracted rates with insurers, patient coverage terms and the claims process.

Shane Jackson, president and COO of LocumTenens.com, which conducted the survey, said the results are potential red flags for not only the finances of those physicians’ offices, but also for their patients, who “rely on their doctor for a lot of information.”

“They expect to a large degree that their doctors understand how this is all going to work. Our survey shows that for the most part, they are in the dark. Doctors, [are] seeing patients and they don’t have time or motivation to get up to speed on this, but they’re going to have to because it’s going to impact them.”

First, it was Congressional Republics who did their best to defeat it ObamaCare. Then, a private sector lawsuit took the case against the individual mandate all the way to the Supreme Court. Next, an ever-increasing number of Americans grew leery of ObamaCare and how it would impact their healthcare costs. Now, 9 out 10 of the nation’s doctors are only confused about O’s “landmark” legislation but skeptical of it as well.

Memo to Nancy Pelosi: Obama’s bill was passed. America’s doctors have now “read what is in it.” And guess what, Nancy? They don’t like what they see (read) one bit. Now what, Nance?

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Gallup Poll Shows Global Image Of America Plummeting, Leftist “Citizens Of The World” Hardest Hit

Gallup: Global Image Of America Tanks – Weasel Zippers

Most conservatives couldn’t care less what the world thinks of us (myself included), but for whatever reason the left is obsessed with the rest of the world “liking” us so this has to sting.

Via Politico:

Worldwide approval of U.S. leadership dipped considerably during President Barack Obama’s fourth year in office – but it increased in some countries, including Mexico.

The median approval rating for U.S. leadership for 130 countries was 41 percent in 2012, down 8 percentage points from the 49 percent approval during Obama’s first year in office, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

“This shift suggests that the president and the new secretary of state may not find global audiences as receptive to the U.S. agenda as they have in the past. In fact, they may even find even once-warm audiences increasingly critical,” Gallup’s Julie Ray wrote.

In Mexico, U.S. leadership had a 37 percent approval – an 11-percentage-point increase from 2011, according to Gallup.

“Some of the increase may stem from Mexicans’ optimism about future U.S.-Mexican relations after Obama welcomed then-President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto to the White House in late November 2012 and pledged cooperation on trade and immigration reform,” Ray wrote.

In Europe, U.S. leadership dipped from 42 percent in 2011 to 36 percent for last year.

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78% Of MSNBC Viewers Responding To Poll Approve Of “Targeted Killing Of American Citizens”

78% Of MSNBC Viewers Responding To Poll Approve Of “Targeted Killing Of American Citizens” – Weasel Zippers


In an MSNBC poll, 78% of respondents approved of executing Americans without trial. #tcot #teaparty pic.twitter.com/HSM2UT2Jcx

MSNBC Viewers- Obama State TV. What would they not approve of, if he said it was alright? Flaying people in the street?

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Poll: Whopping 72% Of Americans Favor Voter ID Laws Being Blocked By Obama Administration

Poll: Whopping 72% Of Americans Favor Voter ID Laws Being Blocked By Obama Administration – Weasel Zippers

But… but… but… Jim Crow!

Via Rasmussen:

The Obama administration has blocked Texas’ new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, saying it would suppress Hispanic voter turnout, and the United Nations is now investigating the fairness of such laws in Texas and other states. But voters in this country still overwhelmingly support voter ID laws and don’t think they discriminate.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of Likely U.S. Voters believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote. Only 22% are opposed to the photo ID requirement.

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Poll: Are Gov. Perry And The Newtster Taking This Whole ‘Bain Capital’ Thing Too Far?

Poll: Do You Really Give A Crap Who Wins The New Hampshire GOP Primary?

Poll: Do You Really Give A Crap Who Wins The Iowa GOP Caucus?


Newt Gingrich Running Neck And Neck With President Asshat

Gingrich Running Neck And Neck With Obama – The Hill

Newt Gingrich is tied with President Obama among registered voters, according to a new national poll.

The McClatchy-Marist poll found that Obama is virtually even in a hypothetical match-up with the former House Speaker among registered voters. Obama polled at 47 percent and Gingrich at 45 percent.

Broken down by party affiliation, Gingrich is ahead among independents 47 percent to 41 percent. The poll also found that Democrats, unsurprisingly, back Obama by a wide margin (88 percent support the president) while Republicans support Gingrich by nearly the same amount (84 percent).

By comparison, in a head-to-head matchup with Mitt Romney, Obama leads the former Massachusetts governor 48 percent to 44 percent, a slim but slightly better advantage for Obama.

The poll’s findings add to Gingrich’s recent rise in the polls. He has catapulted from the lower end of the GOP presidential field to lead Herman Cain and get close to Romney.

The McClatchy-Marist poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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Poll: Americans Would Pick Reagan Over FDR As Past President They’d Want In White House During Current Economic Crisis

Poll: Americans Would Pick Reagan Over FDR As Past President They’d Want In White House During Current Economic Crisis –

Via new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll:

For obvious reasons.

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Poll: Cain Surges, Opens Up 20-Point Lead On Romney

Poll: Cain Surges, Opens Up 20-Point Lead On Romney – Yahoo News

In news sure to inject shock and awe into the Republican political primary season, a Zogby poll released Thursday showed Herman Cain leading the Republican field, topping former front-runner Mitt Romney by an astonishing 20 points. Cain would also narrowly edge out Obama in a general election, the poll found, by a 46-44 margin.


Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, would lose by a point to the president, 40 percent to 41 percent. Texas governor Rick Perry, who has slipped in the polls of late, would lose to the president 45 percent to 40 percent.

The poll found that 38 percent of Republican primary voters said they would vote for Cain if the primary were held today. Eighteen percent said they would throw their support to Romney, while 12 percent each said they would vote for Perry and Texas congressman Ron Paul. No other candidate attracted double-digit support.

This is the second month in a row in which Zogby has found Cain leading the pack; he has surged another 10 points ahead of his competitors since September. Romney, on the other hand, has remained in the same place, while Perry’s share of the primary vote in the Zogby poll has steadily declined since he announced his candidacy in August.

Other pollsters have found Cain at or near the top of the field, with Fox News declaring him a top-tier candidate following its poll last week. That poll found Cain had 17 percent of the vote, trailing Perry by just two points and Romney by five.

A CBS News poll released Tuesday found Romney and Cain tied at 17 percent, with Perry trailing at 12 percent; a YouGov/Economist poll released Thursday found Cain leading with 21 percent, four points ahead of Romney.

Though many have questioned Cain’s viability as a legitimate candidate, voters are clearly giving him another look.

The IBOPE Zogby International poll is based on an online October 3-5 survey of 1,581 voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The sample of likely Republican primary voters included 796 Americans, and has an margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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Most Americans Still Believe In Traditional Marriage, Poll Reveals

Most Americans Still Believe In Traditional Marriage, Poll Reveals – Christian Post

A national marriage survey commissioned by a conservative legal group found that 62 percent of Americans believe that marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman. The numbers, the survey director said, mirrors the millions of Americans in 31 states who voted in favor of constitutional marriage amendments.

Despite several other polls which show the national opinion is trending toward favoring legalizing gay marriage, the poll sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund shows the exact opposite – Americans still strongly support traditional marriage.

The poll simply asked respondents if they strongly agreed, agreed or disagreed with the statement, “I believe marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.” The survey was completed by 1,500 adults ages 18 and older.

The survey summary asserts that 53 percent strongly agree with the statement while another 9 percent said they agreed with statement. Together 62 percent agreed they supported a traditional definition of marriage.

Only 35 percent of respondents disagreed.

Gene Ulm, Public Opinion Strategies partner and survey director, said the national survey’s overwhelming support for traditional support is “not surprising.” Unlike the other national polls, Ulm said this poll closely reflects the voters themselves.

“More than 63 million Americans in 31 state elections have voted on constitutional marriage amendments. Forty million Americans in all … have voted to affirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman,” he said in a statement.

Attorney Brian Raum noted that the survey also affirms what he and other counselors at the Alliance Defense Fund have seen in court.

“This survey, along with the nearly 80 percent win rate in ADF marriage cases, shows the opposition has created an illusion of momentum, but not a real base of support or track record of victory in the courts.”

Surveys showing a change in support for gay marriage emerged after President Barack Obama announced in February that his administration would no longer assert the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act

The 1996 federal law, enacted under the Clinton administration, defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws, and provides that states need not recognize same-sex marriages from another state.

National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown disputed the early results from a Washington Post-ABC poll, pointing out that it used the word “illegal” and implied that same-sex couples would be arrested for entering into a gay marriage. In that March poll, 44 percent said gay marriage should be illegal while 53 percent said it should be legal.

However, as more polls came out from gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, and pollster companies Gallup and Pew, each showing increasing support for same-sex marriage, some Christian leaders began to concede that the culture was in fact changing.

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, stated earlier, “I think it’s clear that something like same-sex marriage is going to become normalized, legalized and recognized in the culture … It’s time for Christians to start thinking about how we’re going to deal with that.”

Focus on the Family Chief Executive and President Jim Daly told World Magazine that when it comes to the battle for traditional marriage, “We’re losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings.”

This latest poll gives conservative leaders hope because ADF attorney Raum said it affirms what real voters believe about marriage.

“Americans strongly affirm the lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman as the fundamental building block of civilization,” he said.

Of the survey’s respondents, 43 percent were under the age of 45. Seventy-eight percent of respondents were white, 11 percent were African-American and 11 percent were Hispanic or of Spanish-speaking background. A mix of land-line and cell phone numbers were used.

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