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Selling Mitch McConnell: What’s love got to do with it?

PADUCAH Ky,  Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don’t view him as a “real Kentuckian,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows – McConnell has an image problem. While other politicians […] Read More →

Poll: Huckabee Clear Favorite in Iowa

Daniel Doherty,   Two things are worth noting in the CNN/ORC survey released Friday vis-à-vis the 2016 presidential sweepstakes: (1) Hillary Clinton, who is gearing up to head to the Hawkeye State as I write this, is leaps and bounds ahead of her fellow Democrats; and (2) former Gov. Mike Huckabee is leading all of his […] Read More →

More Than Half Of Parents In Favor Of School Choice

Kevin Glass,  School choice programs are a flashpoint in a few elections this year; Dan discussed a poll about Wisconsin’s school choice program playing a major role in Scott Walker’s re-election push. Another recent poll finds that most parents are in favor of some kind of school voucher program. Paul E. Peterson writes: Many parents […] Read More →

Labor Daze: Majority of Americans ‘Strongly Dissaprove’ of Obama’s Job Performance

 This semi-retired president is not impressing anyone. Americans are more than twice as likely to “strongly disapprove” of President Obama’s overall job performance than they are to “strongly approve,” according to a recent Gallup poll:  In the first year of Obama’s presidency, the percentages of Americans who had strong views about the job he was doing were essentially tied, […] Read More →

Republicans Still Struggling With Women Voters

Matt Vespa,  Republicans know they have problems with women voters, especially single urban women. They vowed to turn it around after Mitt’s clobbering amongst this demographic in 2012. What’s changed? Not much; and women are virtually unreceptive to the Republican Party or its policies. Is this the end? Nope. As George Will has said about […] Read More →

Colorado governor fights to stave off GOP election challenge

 When Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper was elected governor four years ago, the ebullient former Denver mayor and brew-pub magnate could do little wrong. Once spoken of as a possible vice presidential candidate in 2016, the 62-year-old has burnished his man-of-the-people image with impromptu banjo performances and folksy charm. But after a first term wrought by […] Read More →

5 things to know about presidential state of play

 It’s still early, but there are some things to know about the evolving 2016 presidential contest. For one, there’s the notion that nothing can stop Hillary Rodham Clinton. But flash back to her 2008 run. In a 2006 poll, she topped her nearest potential rival by 2-to-1. That was noncandidate Al Gore. When the poll […] Read More →

Americans worry that illegal migrants threaten way of life, economy

 As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen U.S. immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation’s culture and economy. Seventy percent of Americans – including 86 percent of Republicans – believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to the poll. The […] Read More →