CNN/ORC Poll: Jeb Bush With Early Lead For 2016 GOP Nomination

Results of the latest CNN/ORC poll gives Jeb Bush a slight lead among possible Republicans running for the 2016 presidential nod notching 17% support followed in the number two spot by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 12% and Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio in 3rd and 4th respectively with 115.

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Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton continues to have a double digit lead over her closest competition, Vice-President Joe Biden. At 69% Hillary has seen a 7 point jump since she announced her run for the Dem nomination:

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In a hypothetical matchup, Sen. Marco Rubio fares best against Clinton losing to the former Secretary of State by 14 points, 55% to 41%.

Bush trails Clinton by 17 points, 56% to 39%.

Christie and Paul fall 19 points behind Clinton, each putting up 39% to Clinton’s 58%.

Poll: President Obama Back To 50% Approval Rating

In a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, President Obama has crossed the threshold to 50% approval for the first time since Spring of 2013.

Most probably due to the improving economy, the poll shows Obama with 50% approval ratings in how he’s handling his job versus 44% disapproval.

He also edges out the Republicans by four points (40%-36%) on who is more trusted to cope with the nation’s problems.

Also of note: even with both chambers of Congress in Republican control (the largest GOP majority in the House in 80 years), a plurality of 44% over 33% believe the new Congress will do about the same job as the last Congress.

Read more of the results here.

New poll shows solid majority of Americans support same-sex marriage

A new McClatchy-Marist Poll shows opinions towards the LGBT community continue to change for the better at an exponential rate.

From the new poll:

• Adults as a whole support marriage equality 54-38 percent

• Young adults 18-29 favor same-sex marriage by 75-18 percent

• Adults 30-44 favor same-sex marriage 55-38 percent

• Adults 45-59 favor same-sex marriage 49-40

• 71 percent of American adults say they know someone who’s gay.  In 1999, a Pew poll showed that 60 percent of Americans said they didn’t know anyone who was gay.

• 48 percent said they wouldn’t be upset if one of their children told them they were gay.

I wonder what Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage will think of these results?

Happy Friday, Brian!

Poll: Very strong support for marriage equality for those under 50

A new Politico poll conducted in the most competitive House and Senate districts shows strong support for marriage equality among those under 50.

Of those people between the ages of 18-34, support stands at a rocking 61 percent.

Slightly more than half of those between ages 35 and 49 support gay marriage.

The figure drops to 48 percent among those aged 50-64. Overall, 52 percent of those surveyed oppose gay marriage.

It should be noted that the poll consisted of slightly more self-identified Republicans (39%) than Democrats (34%), and 65% of those polled considered themselves “very religious.”

Read more at Politico.

Obamacare site gets record traffic as public support moves into positive territory

The federal Obamacare website is experiencing “record volume” Monday, the deadline for enrolling in coverage, the Obama administration said.

At the same time, news comes that the Affordable Healthcare Act has more support than naysayers for the first time.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found 49 percent of Americans support the law and 48 percent oppose it.

Support surged among Democrats, jumping from 65 percent in January to 76 percent today.

Even among conservatives, support doubled to 36 percent of them backing it now compared to 17 percent in November. Still negative numbers, but a strong sign of improvement.

Also, on the constantly voted upon issue of repealing the law, Americans were also narrowly split: 49 percent of all respondents oppose those efforts, and 47 percent support them.  Among registered voters the split was a slightly wider 50 percent oppose versus 46 percent support.

New poll: Record high 59% of Americans support marriage equality

According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, a record high of 59% of Americans support marriage equality:

Half of all Americans believe that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll in which a large majority also said businesses should not be able to deny serving gays for religious reasons.

Fifty percent say the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection gives gays the right to marry, while 41 percent say it does not.

Beyond the constitutional questions, a record-high 59 percent say they support same-sex marriage, while 34 percent are opposed, the widest margin tracked in Post-ABC polling.

Bolding is mine.

In addition, 65 percent of Americans across the country think businesses should not be able to refuse service to gay people even if it violates their religious beliefs.

Check out the graphic below for more results from the poll.

Poll: Washington Post shows Hillary clear front runner for 2016

According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner for president in 2016.

In a Democratic primary, the poll shows Democratic voters prefer Clinton over Vice-President Joe Biden by 61 points.

On the Republican side of things, former vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan barely leads a tightly ranked group of possible GOP nominees at 20%, a 2 point lead over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

In a hypothetical general election, the poll indicates Hillary Clinton would beat NJ Gov. Chris Christie 53% – 41%.

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New poll: Americans oppose GOP-led governent shutdown 72% -22%

GOP led government shut down brings in low approval numbers - 72% oppose strategy to shut down government over healthcare

The Republican strategy of shutting down the federal government in order to block health care reform’s implementation is not paying off for the GOP-led House: Americans oppose the plan by an overwhelming 72 to 22 percent.

According to a new poll by Quinnipiac poll, here is how Americans see the federal government shutdown:

• Republicans narrowly support the shutdown 49 to 44 percent
• Democrats oppose the shutdown 90 to 6 percent
• Independents oppose it 74 to 19 percent (that’s the number that really counts come next fall)

“Americans are certainly not in love with Obamacare, but they reject decisively the claim by congressional Republicans that it is so bad that it’s worth closing down the government to stop it,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a release.

If gets even worse for Republicans on “job approval.”

The poll finds President Obama’s approval rating at 45 percent, with 49 percent disapproving. Not the greatest number, BUT the Republicans find only 17 percent approve of the job they are doing.  74 percent disapprove.

The GOP Tea Party in free fall.

Poll: 55% of Virginians support marriage equality

Just seven years after Virginia passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting same sex marriage in the state, polls show public opinion on the issue following national trends:

A new poll released by the Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT advocacy group, found 55 percent of Virginians polled supported same sex marriage. Researchers also found 71 percent of respondents under the age of 30 support gay marriage.

The bipartisan poll was done by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Target Point Consulting from June 26-30, 2013.

Support for same-sex marriage varied in different parts of Virginia, the poll found.

68 percent in Northern Virginia support same-sex marriage
53 percent in Central Virginia support same-sex marriage
51 percent in Eastern Virginia support same-sex marriage

“There is no question we’re making movement when it comes to fairness and equality across the country,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said.

(via WTVR)

ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Americans support SCOTUS decisions on same-sex marriage

ABC News/Washington Post recently polled 1,005 people over June 26-30 regarding recent US Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality.

56% vs. 41% support giving married gay couples Federal benefits

51% vs. 45% support the decision regarding Prop 8 in California

And while we’re on “rights” – Americans oppose the ruling that struck down part of the Voting Rights Act 51% vs 33%

See the full results of the poll here.