Posted May 21, 2013 at 5:04 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new survey by Gallup, "65% of Americans say the U.S. Senate should have
passed the measure that would have expanded background checks for gun
purchases, while 29% agree with the Senate's failure to pass the
measure." Here is Gallup's chart:
Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM by Maurice Berger
Stuart Rothenberg notes that democratic complacency in the 2013 special election in Massachusetts to fill the US Senate seat vacated by John Kerry could backfire: "The special election . . . took an interesting turn this week, when former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez
drew more than 50 percent of the vote to win the GOP nomination. . . . The total GOP primary vote was less than what Lynch received in the
Democratic race, and the Bay State’s Democratic bent is undeniable. But
Gomez has an interesting story, and at least the GOP didn’t nominate an
old white guy who had served in the Massachusetts Legislature. . . Democrats won’t allow themselves to be surprised the way they were
when Scott P. Brown beat Martha Coakley in the last Senate special
election, in early 2010, and the national party’s image can’t do
anything but hurt Gomez’s already uphill chances. But there is no reason
to rush to judgment on this race, at least for a couple of weeks, and
it’s worth watching to see how it unfolds. Obviously, Markey begins as
the clear favorite.
Posted May 15, 2013 at 2:29 AM by Maurice Berger
A new poll by Quinnipiac reports former US Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton holds a commanding lead over other potential 2016
candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, with 65%, followed
by Joe Biden at 13% and Andrew Cuomo at 4%.
Posted May 14, 2013 at 4:25 AM by Maurice Berger
A new Pew Research poll reports mixed results on voter's attitudes about President Obama's performance in office: just 49% believes that President Obama is "able to get
things done," a steep decline from 57% in January and closer to his levels of
confidence in 2012. Conversely, and a net positive for the president, the vast majority of Americans, 67%, believe
Obama is fighting hard for his policies, a significant improvement.
Posted May 13, 2013 at 2:39 AM by Maurice Berger
A poll by the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs reports that Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are in a virtual dead heat in the Los Angeles mayoral race, where Greuel leads Garcetti by a scant +2%--46% to 45%--among likely voters; 9% remain undecided. The elections is on 21 May 21.
Posted May 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM by Maurice Berger
Two conflicting polls on the state of the special election to fill Secretary of State's John Kerry's US Senate seat: a new WBUR poll in Massachusetts reports that Democrat Rep. Edward Markey leads Republican Gabriel Gomez, 41% to 35%. This would suggest a very competitive race. But a contemporaneous Suffolk University poll finds Markey ahead by 17% points, 52% to 35%.
Posted May 09, 2013 at 8:16 AM by Maurice Berger
For decades, the Virginia gubernatorial election has been a bellwether of sorts: the candidate from the opposing party of the president of the United States wins. Will 2013 be an exception. Possibly not. According to a new poll from the Washington Post, Republican Ken Cuccinelli holds an early lead over Democrat Terry
McAuliffe in their race for governor, 46% to 41% among all voters
and 51% to 41% among those voters most likely to cast a ballot.
Posted May 08, 2013 at 7:54 AM by Maurice Berger
Is the special election to fill the US Senate seat vacated by John Kerry in Massachusetts head for an upset, much like the race to fill the seat of the late-Edward Kennedy? Possibly. A new survey by Public Policy Polling reports that the race is a
surprisingly close , with Democrat Rep. Ed Markey leading Republican Gabriel Gomez by just +4%--44% to 40%.
Posted May 07, 2013 at 8:10 AM by Maurice Berger
According to Gallup, "a majority of Americans still don't know enough to say whether the
federal budget sequestration cuts are a good thing or a bad thing for
the country -- as has generally been the case since they went into
effect. But of those who do who have an opinion, more continue to say
sequestration is a bad thing, rather than a good thing." Here is Gallup's chart.
Posted May 06, 2013 at 10:01 AM by Maurice Berger
A new survey by Public Policy Polling in South Carolina's 1st congressional district reports that the special election is too close to call. But it also shows a marked reversal of Republican Mark Sanford's standing in the district. Two weeks ago, PPP showed his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, leading by
nine points, 50% to 41%.
Today, the poll reports that the race
close to call, with Sanford edging Colbert Busch by +1%--47% to 46%.