Number of National Guard troops Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is deploying over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally,” the Austin American Statesman reports. Perry “rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn’t justify additional resources.”
Of Americans say the country would be governed better if more people with business and management experience were elected, according to Gallup. Meanwhile, 63% say the country would be better governed with more female political leaders.
Of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job. Congressional ratings show little sign of substantial recovery from last year’s record low as November’s midterm elections draw closer, according to Gallup.
Of U.S. Muslims approved of the job President Obama was doing as president during the first six months of 2014, a new Gallup poll finds — higher than any other U.S. religious group Gallup tracks. Mormons were least approving, at 18%.
Of Americans approve of the job the U.S. Supreme Court is doing, and 46% disapprove, according to Gallup. “These ratings are consistent with approval last September, when 46% approved and 45% disapproved, and rank among the lowest approval ratings for the court in Gallup’s 14-year trend.”
Number of National Rifle Association-supported gun laws signed by Florida Gov. Rick during his first four years in office, reports the Florida Times Union. By contrast, Jeb Bush signed 14 pro-gun laws over the course of two terms as Florida governor.
Of Americans believe President Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq in 2011 was the right thing to do, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. In contrast, 61% said that George W. Bush’s decision to invade in 2003 was the wrong thing to do and 51% of voters blame Bush for the current problems in Iraq.