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July 22, 2007

53% Say It’s Too Easy to Get on Welfare

While most Americans say the government should do more to combat poverty, most also say that it’s too easy for people to receive welfare payments in the United States.

July 19, 2007

56% Say Government Doing Too Little to Combat Poverty

Fifty-six percent (56%) of American voters say the government is doing too little to combat poverty in this nation.

July 6, 2007

63% Say U.S. Constitution Good or Excellent

Sixty-three percent (63%) of American adults give the United States Constitution a good or an excellent rating.

July 5, 2007

58% Agree With Supreme Court Ruling on McCain-Feingold

In the abstract, the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance legislation earns solid support.

June 20, 2007

Bloomberg Leaves GOP, Dreaming of Long-Shot

Adding fuel to the fire that he is planning an independent bid for the White House, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party yesterday and is now officially unaffiliated with either major party.

June 12, 2007

45% Have Favorable Opinion of Democrats, 37% Say Same of GOP

Forty-five percent (45%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party. Thirty-seven percent (37%) say the same about the Republican Party.

June 8, 2007

Poll: 56% Believe Most Congressmen Willing to Sell Their Vote

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Americans believe that most members of Congress are willing to sell their vote for either cash or a campaign contribution.

June 7, 2007

Poll: 30% Say Another Terrorist Attack Very Likely

Thirty percent (30%) of American adults say that, within the next year, it is Very Likely that there will be another terrorist attack on the United States.

May 7, 2007

Few Americans Paying Attention to DC Madam Story

The DC Madam and her phone records with 10,000 clients has created quite a stir in the nation’s capitol.

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April 4, 2007

Release of British Soldiers No Surprise to Americans

News that Iran is freeing captured British soldiers did not come as a surprise to most Americans. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey conducted last night found that 59% of adults said it was likely the soldiers would be freed through diplomatic efforts.

January 17, 2007

Poll: 30% Believe Embryonic Stem Cell Research Morally Wrong

Two-out-of-three Americans (66%) believe that “embryonic stem cell research" is at least somewhat likely to lead to cures to previously incurable diseases.

November 21, 2006

Religious Denominations Weigh In on Same-Sex Marriage

As the debate on same-sex marriage is being taken up in States across the nation, three major religious denominations recently made stands of their own on the issue.

October 28, 2006

Voters Everywhere Agree Political System “Badly Broken”

A plurality of voters in each of 32 states agree that the political system in the U.S. is “badly broken.”

October 26, 2006

Same-Sex Marriage: Garden State’s Highest Court Approves Rights for Gay Couples

The New Jersey Supreme Court made news when it handed down a significant ruling in the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage.

September 11, 2006

On 5th Aniversary of 9/11, 21% say U.S. Has Changed for the Better

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, 57% thought the nation had changed for the better. That number actually grew to 61% by January 2002. Now, half a decade later, just 21% of American adults hold that optimistic view.

August 26, 2006

75% in Arkansas, Alabama Believe Bible Literally True

Not surprisingly, the Bible Belt region lives up to its name with states like Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and West Virginia containing the highest percentage of those who believe the Bible is literally true.

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August 23, 2006

Economy, National Security Are Top Issues

Election 2006 is the first election since the 9/11 terrorist attacks that has not been completely dominated by the War on Terror as a defining issue.

July 25, 2006

Stem Cell Divide

President George W. Bush’s veto last week of legislation that would increase federal funding for embryonic stem cell research marked another milestone in the ongoing debate over the moral and political implications of this emerging field of research.

July 19, 2006

Traditional Views of Marriage Tops in Voters' Minds

Look up the word marriage in The American Heritage Dictionary and the first entry reads “the legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife.”

June 30, 2006

Churchgoers Disapprove of Gay and Lesbian Pastors

Is it appropriate for gay and lesbian church members to serve as pastors and bishops in a Christian Church? Two thirds (67%) of those who attend Church weekly say no. Just 27% of those faithful worshippers say yes.