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Stories with subject: Public opinion
  • President defending health law good for some Dems 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:57 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically.

  • Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:45 pm
  • RAMALLAH, West Bank - This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.

  • Hassan gets good rating, GOP names little-known 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:59 am
  • DURHAM, New Hampshire - A poll shows a majority of New Hampshire residents approve of the job that Gov. Maggie Hassan is doing.

  • Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:56 am
  • RAMALLAH, West Bank - This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.

  • Poll: Competing gun measures have solid support 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:49 pm
  • OLYMPIA, Washington - Two competing gun initiatives on the November ballot both have enough support to pass, according to a poll released Tuesday that could indicate that many voters are confused about the measures involving background checks.

  • Poll: Voters say Congress doing lousy job 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:04 am
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A new Field Poll shows that Californians are taking a dim view of a deeply divided Congress but have slightly warmer feelings toward their own representative.

  • April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:17 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret.

  • Sandy stormproofing ideas coming from residents 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 8:50 am
  • TOMS RIVER, New Jersey - While scientists, politicians and engineers ponder ways to better protect New Jersey from storms like Superstorm Sandy, some of the best ideas are coming from those who suffered the most.

  • Poll: Republican leads race for secretary of state 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 9:04 am
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A Field Poll finds little-known Republican Pete Peterson leading in the race for California secretary of state, although four in 10 voters remain undecided.

  • Poll: North Dakota most positive on public schools 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:55 pm
  • WILLISTON, North Dakota - A nationwide Gallup poll shows that North Dakota residents are the most positive state in the nation about their public schools.

  • Wal-Mart and Wild Oats unveil cheaper organic line 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 2:17 pm
  • NEW YORK - Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

  • Survey: Positive views of Atlantic City up in 2013 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 11:19 am
  • ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - The second year of the "Do AC" promotional campaign helped increase positive perceptions of Atlantic City among residents of nearby states, even as concerns remained about the safety and cleanliness of the seaside gambling resort.

  • Indonesia opposition leads, but less than expected 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 1:43 am
  • JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's biggest opposition party came out ahead in early election tallies Thursday, but the showing was far less than expected given the popularity of its pick for president, viewed as the favorite in this summer's presidential race.

  • GOP blocks Senate bill curbing gender pay gap 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 4:56 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall's congressional elections.

  • Poll: Voters favor Brown as his popularity climbs 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 3:51 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown has a big lead as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term, far outpacing any of the three top Republican challengers, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday.

  • New poll shows de Blasio approval at 49 percent 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 8:08 pm
  • NEW YORK - A new poll shows nearly half of respondents approved of the job New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is doing.

  • Poll shows Brazil president's popularity drops 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 1:29 pm
  • SAO PAULO - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's popularity has dipped five percentage points ahead of October's presidential elections, a new poll published Sunday said.

  • Dems hope Corbett's woes a boost in US House races 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 11:32 am
  • WASHINGTON - With a congressional map tilted against them, Pennsylvania Democrats are hoping that GOP Gov. Tom Corbett's continuing unpopularity may help them flip one or two House seats in their favor.

  • Ohio Democrats seek GOP missteps in US House races 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 11:23 am
  • WASHINGTON - Their four congressional seats considered safe, Ohio Democrats head into the state's primary election looking to take advantage of any openings that might be created by Republican missteps or tea party challenges. But with all 12 GOP incumbents seeking re-election, the odds are stacked against them.

  • Indonesia election fever spurs people to vote 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 2:58 am
  • JAKARTA, Indonesia - Doni Wilson, a 38-year-old Jakarta taxi driver, has voted only once in his life and swore he'd never do it again after feeling a huge letdown by Indonesia's current president.

  • Catholic teacher contract gets exact on behavior 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 6:11 pm
  • CINCINNATI - The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church is so complex the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is giving teachers a cheat sheet on some of the things that can get them fired.

  • More Americans see middle class status slipping 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 4:12 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity.

  • Poll: Three-fourths of US says pot will be legal 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 4:11 pm
  • DENVER - Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting attitudes following the drug war era and tough-on-crime legislation.

  • DIGITS: Hitting new highs and lows on health care 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 9:26 am
  • Polls often diverge by a few points, but it's rare to see well-respected polls come to opposing conclusions about the public's take on an issue. In the last week, however, an Associated Press-GfK poll found support for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul at a new low while a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed it had hit a new high.

  • New York mayor aims to mend relations with press 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 6:40 pm
  • NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio's relationship with New York City's press since taking office at the beginning of the year was initially marked with several missteps, creating unflattering tabloid headlines and helping to drag down his approval ratings in the eyes of the public.