1:10 PM, May 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from CNN demonstrates that Americans say the continuing investigations into two scandals that have arisen in the last week are important.
According to the poll, 55 percent of those polled say the questions about the administration's conflicting stories on the cause of the September 11 attacks on the American diplomatic post in Benghazi are "very important," with another 29 percent saying they are "somewhat important." And on the issue of the IRS targeting conservative groups for increased scrutiny, 55 percent said the it was "very important" and another 30 percent said it was "somewhat important."
Here's more from CNN:
But 59% now say that the U.S government could have prevented the attack in Benghazi, up 11 points from last November. And only 37% say that congressional Republicans are overreacting in their handling of the matter, with 59% saying they've reacted appropriately.
It's the same story on the IRS controversy, with 54% saying the GOP in Congress has not overplayed its hand.
The CNN poll results are similar to those found by Gallup earlier this weekend.
3:35 PM, May 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez continues to poll within single digits of his opponent, Democratic congressman Ed Markey, in the special election for Senate in Massachusetts. According to a new poll from PPP, first reported by BuzzFeed, Markey leads Gomez, a political newcomer, by 7 points, 48 percent to 41 percent.
As BuzzFeed points out, Markey may be shoring up the Democratic vote after a divisive Democratic primary:
7:42 AM, May 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads his Republican opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, in the latest poll of the 2013 gubernatorial race in Virginia. According to Quinnipiac, 43 percent of registered voters in the Old Dominion support McAuliffe, a businessman and former chairman of the Democratic party during from 2001 to 2005, while 38 percent support Cuccinelli, the state's attorney general.
5:31 PM, May 2, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The first independent poll of next months' special Senate election in Massachusetts shows Democrat Ed Markey with a six-point lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez. The Wall Street Journal has the details:
3:02 PM, Mar 21, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Since just after his reelection last year, Barack Obama's job approval rating has dropped 8 points, according to a poll from Pew. Forty-seven percent approve of Obama's job, down from 55 percent in December.
Americans' economic outlook has soured, too. Here's more from Pew:
And are sequester cuts that popular?9:06 AM, Mar 13, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Barack Obama is fond of saying that “the majority of Americans” agree with him on his “balanced approach” to deficit reduction—which these days seems to mean increasing tax revenues through rate hikes and big defense spending cuts with relatively insignificant cuts elsewhere. At the beginning of his second term, the president appeared to be moving forward with an agenda that assumed the previous election settled the question of which party Americans liked more on taxes and spending.
Maybe, maybe not.10:02 AM, Jan 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Is Mitch McConnell already losing his reelection campaign? That's what a new poll from the Louisville Courier-Journal released Tuesday suggests. According to the survey of 609 registered voters in Kentucky, just 17 percent say they would vote to reelect the Republican and Senate minority leader, with 34 percent saying they will vote against him. Forty-four percent, meanwhile, say they will "wait and see" who will challenge McConnell in 2014 before making a decision. The firm Survey USA conducted the poll for the newspaper.
6:00 AM, Nov 8, 2012 • By JAY COST
Barack Obama is now the first president in American history to win a second term with a smaller share of the electoral vote, a smaller share of the popular vote, and a smaller aggregate vote than when he was first elected. There are still votes to be counted, but as of this writing he actually has fewer votes than George W. Bush won in 2004.
6:56 PM, Nov 6, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I gather the first wave of the exit poll has the right track/wrong track at around 46/52.
7:11 AM, Nov 5, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts is in a dead heat to retain his Senate seat against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, according to a new poll from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Boston Herald.
2:22 PM, Nov 4, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The last several weeks have not been good for Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana. The two-term state treasurer, who beat six-term incumbent Senator Dick Lugar in the GOP primary in May, has fallen back in the polls against his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly. A recent poll, from Brian Howey and Depauw University, showed an 11-point lead for Donnelly.
5:04 PM, Nov 2, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In the second poll released this week, Republican Scott Brown has a two-point lead over Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts Senate race.