Posts tagged ‘independents’

March 23, 2012

The Daily Scoop: 38% of Americans think there’s too much religion in politics

Americans may be more religious than their peers in other Western countries, but  they have their limits when it comes to mixing religion and public life.  According to a new survey conducted by Pew, a 38% plurality of Americans for  the first time say there’s too much expression of faith in politics. That figure  has increased dramatically in the last decade, especially in the last two years,  and currently includes almost half of Democrats and independents. Even roughly a  quarter of Republicans, up from 8% in 2001, feel the same way.
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March 5, 2012

Olympia’s Departure & the Demise of the GOP Moderate

This past week witnessed the announcement of moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe that she will not seek a fourth term, citing the “atmosphere of polarization” in Congress. A fellow senator and bipartisan legislation co-sponsor, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, stated her decision shows she has lost hope.  This is evident in her Washington Post op-edwhere she lectured her hardline colleagues on how the Senate of today is acting against the Founding Fathers’ vision of the Senate as an institution of wisdom. Her proclamation follows similar decisions by conservative Democratic, Senator Ben Nelson, centrist Democrat senators Jim Webb,  Kent Conrad and Jeff Bingaman and Independent Senator Joe Lieberman.

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February 13, 2012

Poll Update: Romney hemorrhaging independents

The Washington Post:
Greg Sargent digs into the latest Pew poll:

In November, Romney was beating Obama among [independents], 53-41. Now those numbers are upside down: Obama is beating Romney among them, 51-42. That’s a net 19 point net swing of independents in Obama’s direction in three months.

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