Archive: Enumerati
Majority of Americans Backs Iran Nuclear Deal

58% to 33%

Margin by which a new Quinnipiac poll finds American voters support the preliminary agreement with Iran to restrict that country’s nuclear program.

Williams ‘Embellished’ 11 Times

11

“A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe,” the Washington Post reports.

The Backlash Against Religious Freedom Laws Is Significant

57%

Of Americans think businesses should not be able to refuse service to gay weddings on religious grounds, while 41% do, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll. That’s a significant shift from a Pew Research poll last September that found 47% in favor of religious freedom laws and a January AP-Gfk poll that found 57% in favor. “One of the apparent side effects of the religious freedom controversies in Indiana and (to a lesser extent) Arkansas: More Americans now oppose such laws than before,” the Washington Post reports.

Cruz Skips Vote on Lynch Nomination to Attend Fundraiser

1

Number of U.S. senators who missed the vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “went on the Senate floor early Thursday afternoon to voice his strenuous objection to the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general … A few hours later, however, Cruz missed the final vote on Lynch’s confirmation, making him the only senator recorded as not present,” the Huffington Post reports. “The senator’s office explained that he had to catch a flight to a fundraiser in Texas.”

Support for Gay Marriage Hits New High

61%

Of Americans – more than six in 10 for the first time – say gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally,according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, a week before a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the issue. “Identical or similar majorities favor gay marriage on two key issues before the court: Sixty-one percent oppose allowing individual states to prohibit same-sex marriages. And 62 percent support requiring states to recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states.”

Obama Approval Hits Two-Year High

48%

Of Americans approve of how President Obama is running the country, compared to 47% who disapprove, a new CNN/ORC poll finds. “That’s the highest mark since May 2013, the last time a plurality of Americans backed the president in the poll. A slight majority, 52%, believes the economy is either ‘very good’ or ‘somewhat good.’”

Koch Brothers Might Spread Support Among Five GOP Candidates

5

Number of GOP presidential hopefuls who might be recipients of the Koch brothers’ largesse in the primaries, including Gov. Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, Charles Koch told USA Today.

Iowa Is Still Up for Grabs

16%

Jeb Bush’s lead over the GOP pack in Iowa, followed by Scott Walker at 13%, Marco Rubio at 12%, Rand Paul at 9%, Ben Carson at 9%, Mike Huckabee at 8% and Ted Cruz at 6%, according to a new Gravis Marketing poll in Iowa.

Corporate Spending on Lobbying Exceeds the Cost of U.S. Legislature

$2.6 billion

Amount corporations now spend per year on reported lobbying expenditures – “more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.16 billion) and Senate ($820 million),” The Weekly Wonk reports.

Pence’s Approval Rating Takes a Dive

45%

Gov. Mike Pence’s approval rating, according to a new Howey Politics Indiana poll — down from 62% in February. The survey was less than a month “after Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law hailed as a reaffirmation of the First Amendment by supporters but derided as bigoted against gays and lesbians by critics.”

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