Archive: Enumerati
Half of Americans Identify as ‘Pro-Choice’

50%

Of Americans consider themselves “pro-choice” on abortion, surpassing the 44% who identify as “pro-life,” according to Gallup. “This is the first time since 2008 that the pro-choice position has had a statistically significant lead in Americans’ abortion views.”

GOP Race has No Frontrunner

10%

Percentage of the vote that Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker share, according to a new Quinnipiac poll that highlights how there is no frontrunner in the GOP presidential race. Said pollster Tim Malloy: “Safe to say, the 2016 Republican presidential primary is anyone’s race. With no frontrunner and identical numbers for the top five contenders, it’s a horserace which can only be described as a scrambled field – at least so far.”

Blumenthal Was on Clinton Foundation Payroll While Advising State Department

$10,000

Monthly salary Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton, earned as a full-time employee of the Clinton Foundation while he was providing unsolicited intelligence on Libya to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Politico reports. “Blumenthal was added to the payroll of the Clintons’ global philanthropy in 2009 — not long after advising Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign — at the behest of former president Bill Clinton, for whom he had worked in the White House, say the sources.”

Liberals Now Equal Conservatives

31%

For the first time since Gallup began tracking it in 1999, there are now as many Americans who describe their views on social issues as “liberal” as there are who describe them as “conservative,” the Washington Post reports. “It’s been a long and slow crawl, but Americans have steadily become more liberal on social issues without much interruption — except for a brief dip when President Obama first took office in 2009. Today, it’s tied at 31 percent. Back in 1999, it was about two-to-one conservative over liberal.”

Cuomo’s Approval Hits All-Time Low

41%

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) approval rating — an all-time low — with 59% who do not approve of his performance, according to a new Siena Research Institute survey.

Most Americans Express Disappointment in Republican Congress

65%

Of Americans say congressional Republicans are not keeping the promises they made during the campaign, while just 23% say they are, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center. Nearly four in 10 (37%) say the new Congress has accomplished less than they expected, while 4% say it has accomplished more than expected. About half (53%) say its accomplishments are in line with what they expected.

‘Mad Men’ Finale Affected the Stock Market

0.15%

Amount the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell the day after the series finale of “Mad Men.” A study of 165 TV series finales shows that the wave of negative mood caused by the end of a popular and beloved show reduces the net demand for risky assets and decreases aggregate stock returns, says Gabriele M. Lepori of Copenhagen Business School. Specifically, if the number of viewers of a finale is 1 standard deviation above Lepori’s sample average, stock returns fall approximately 25 basis points the next day, all else constant. The finale of the drama “Mad Men” drew 3.3 million live and same-day viewers.

Millionaire Fiorina Stiffed Dozen Campaign Workers for Four Years

12

Of about 30 people who worked on Carly Fiorina’s failed 2010 California Senate campaign told Reuters they would not work for her again. “Fiorina, once one of America’s most powerful businesswomen, is now campaigning for the Republican nomination in 2016. The reason: for more than four years, Fiorina – who has an estimated net worth of up to $120 million – didn’t pay them, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows.”

Clinton Super PAC Struggling to Raise Money

$15 million

Amount the super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid expects to collect through the end of June, the Wall Street Journal reports. “The group, Priorities USA Action, is shaking up its senior staff in hopes of jump-starting a fundraising operation that, five weeks after Mrs. Clinton entered the presidential race, has garnered only about $5 million in ‘hard commitments’ … Even if it meets its $15 million short-term expectation, the pro-Clinton group will raise far less than PACs backing some potential Republican rivals.”

Republicans Gaining Confidence in Their Presidential Contenders

57%

Nearly six-in-10 Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say they have an excellent or good impression of their party’s presidential candidates, according to Pew Research. That compares with 54% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters who have positive impressions of the Democratic Party’s candidates. “Republicans are more positive about the GOP field than they were at nearly comparable points in the past two presidential campaigns.”