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Americans Continue to Drop Their Landline Phones

December 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than two in five American adults live in households without a landline telephone, according to the most recent measure of society's movement toward mobile phones—a phenomenon that continues to roil political professionals, particularly pollsters, who rely on phone interviews to determine the views of the broader population. Thirty-eight percent...

Poll: Don't Tie Shutdown to Obamacare Funding

October 8, 2013 Americans are divided on who deserves blame for the government shutdown, but one thing's certain: A solid majority thinks it's wrong to demand changes to Obamacare as a price for reopening the government. The latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds little consensus on whom to blame for shutting...

Poll: Don't Shut Down the Government Over Obamacare

October 1, 2013 A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday shows voters overwhelmingly oppose Congress shutting down the federal government as a way to stop the 2010 health care law from being implemented, matching other public polling that shows that Democrats enter the shutdown with the upper hand. The Quinnipiac poll also...

Poll: Country divided over debt ceiling, deficit feduction

January 16, 2013 Surveys showed that Americans sided with President Obama and Democrats in last month’s debate over extending the Bush tax cuts for most taxpayers, but according to a new United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, the country is more divided over how to reduce the deficit as the White House and...

Gallup: Signs of an Obama convention bounce

September 7, 2012 This week's Democratic National Convention has delivered a bump in President Obama's poll numbers, according to new Gallup data released on Friday that show Obama out-bouncing Mitt Romney in the immediate wake of the Democratic Party's gathering. A slight majority of Americans, 52 percent, surveyed Tuesday through Thursday said that...

Another national poll shows neck-and-neck race

August 28, 2012 Yet another poll confirms that the presidential race remained a virtual tie headed into each party's convention, with a new CBS News survey released Tuesday showing the two candidates separated by an insignificant, razor-thin margin. The poll, conducted Aug. 22-26, shows the incumbent ticket of President Obama and Vice President...

Tampa mayor: Storm threat greatly diminished

August 24, 2012 TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said on Thursday that state, local, and Republican National Convention officials are “significantly” less concerned that Tropical Storm Isaac will be a severe disruption to next week’s gathering after the latest projections show the storm continuing on a track that would take it...

A split verdict on Ryan as Romney's veep choice

August 22, 2012 President Obama remains marginally ahead of Republican challenger Mitt Romney after the selection of Paul Ryan to join the GOP ticket, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released late Tuesday that shows a split verdict on the House member from Wisconsin in his first days in the...

Tropical threat emerges for next week's GOP convention

August 20, 2012 As tens of thousands prepare to converge on Tampa for next week's Republican National Convention, organizers may be forced to brace for an unwelcome visitor -- what soon could be Tropical Storm or Hurricane Isaac. Planners for the quadrennial convention have long been preparing for such an eventuality that could...

Twitter will gauge voter sentiment in new venture

August 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter says it has developed a way to measure how its users feel about the presidential candidates, drawing on the nearly 2 million weekly posts on the micro-blogging site about President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The company joined forces with the data analysis firm Topsy and two campaign...

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