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Poll dancing -- 08.27.12


Most Americans don't agree with abortions "under any circumstances" [CNN/ORC, 8/24]: Thirty-five percent of Americans believe in abortion being legal under any circumstance. Less than half that believe it should be illegal under any circumstance. But 47 percent believe it should be legal only under certain circumstances. Of the "certain circumstances," 37 percent said those circumstances were "few," while 9 percent said "most."

Rich people aren't seen like everyone else [Pew, 8/27]: "[M]any Americans believe the rich are different than other people. They are viewed as more intelligent and more hardworking but also greedier and less honest. Nearly six-in-ten survey respondents (58%) also say the rich pay too little in taxes, while 26% say they pay their fair share, and just 8% say they pay too much. Even among those who describe themselves as upper or upper-middle class, 52% say upper-income Americans don’t pay enough in taxes."

Men showing for Mitt Romney, women for President Obama [Washington Times/JZ Analytics poll, 8/26]: "The poll found a sizable gender gap, with Mr. Romney winning 54 percent of men and Mr. Obama winning 54 percent of women. Just as important, however, is that Mr. Romney’s lead among older voters has evaporated — though he has chipped away at Mr. Obama’s lead among voters younger than 30."

Paul Ryan more popular than Joe Biden, but not by much [Resurgent Republic, 8/27]: "Paul Ryan has a net favorable rating, both overall (39 favorable/35 unfavorable) and among Independents (40 favorable/28 unfavorable). But Joe Biden has a net unfavorable overall (42 favorable/47 unfavorable) and among Independents (33 favorable/56 unfavorable)."

What conventions? [Rasmussen, 8/27]: One third of independent voters plan on completely ignoring the party conventions.

Horse race [Washington Post/ABC News, 8/27]: If the election were held today, Romney gets 47 percent among all registered voters. Obama gets 46 percent. Of all registered voters, 68 percent say they're "certain" they'll vote. Lastly, of those surveyed, 54 percent disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.

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