Monday, July 6, 2015

The Week In Polls: Obama Up After Big Wins — And More In The Presidential Race

After a lot of big news, it’s also been a big week of polls.

Possibly the single biggest news in polls this week was the CNN poll showing President Obama’s approval rating at 50 percent, with 47 percent disapproval — the first time in over two years that a majority of poll respondents has approved of the job he’s doing.

The poll was conducted from June 26 to 28, capping off a very eventful week in which the president won major victories in the Supreme Court on health care reform and marriage equality — as well as his very memorable eulogy speech at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, which culminated in him leading the congregation in singing “Amazing Grace.”

In the presidential race, CNN found Jeb Bush leading nationally among Republicans with 19 percent — with Donald Trump in second place at 12 percent.…

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Rick Perry Hits At Trump — And Trump Hits Right Back

Rick Perry is one of the first Republican presidential candidates to seriously take on Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists and other types of criminals. And for his part, The Donald is answering right back — by trash talking Perry on Twitter.

“Well I don’t think he’s reflecting the Republican Party with his statements about Mexicans. I think that was a huge error on his part — and number one, it’s wrong,” Perry said Thursday, during an appearance on Fox News. “When I think about the Hispanics in Texas, and I think about the individuals who have paid a great price, whether they were Tejanos at the Alamo in 1836, or whether it’s been as late as the last wars that we’ve had — when you see Hispanics being killed, for America.”

Fox News guest host Charles Payne interrupted to say that Trump was referring to people who are here illegally.…

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Bernie Sanders Gains On Hillary Clinton In Iowa, Quinnipiac Poll Says

By Ben Brody, Bloomberg News (TNS)

Hillary Clinton enjoys a 19-point lead among likely Democratic caucus-goers in the key state of Iowa over her nearest challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but that advantage has shrunk since May, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

The former secretary of state gets the support of 52 percent of her party’s likely caucus-goers in the state, which holds the nation’s first nominating contest, while Sanders, a Senate independent and self-described socialist seeking the Democratic nomination, pulls in support from 33 percent. In May, the split was 60 percent to 15 percent.

It is the first time Clinton has received less than 60 percent support in the poll, according to assistant poll director Peter A.…

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