Supremes — A Pew Research Center survey “finds the Supreme Court’s popularity is at a 25-year low, though still much higher than that of Congress. The Pew Research Center says 52 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the court, the lowest rating since the group started asking Americans their view of the high court in 1987.”
Apocalypse — Maybe the Mayans were right! According to an Ipsos poll, one in seven people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime, and 10 percent think it will happen this year. Worse than that, the highest percentage who believe in the end of the world? America and Turkey, at 22%. (They must not go to the movies because from “Armageddon” to “2012,” the Earth is always saved.)
OK, not everything is serious.
Sports — Republicans and Democrats can pretty much disagree about anything. Take sports, for example. A Washington Post-ABC News poll reports that two-thirds of Americans like baseball, followed by basketball at 58%, hockey, 49%, and NASCAR, 48%.
But then, maybe because it’s the Washington Post, you get down to politics. Democrats like the NBA much more than Republicans. Republicans are more inclined toward NASCAR. Independents split the difference on each sport.
What? They didn’t ask about fishing or bowling? More here.
— John Robinson
North Carolinians support the so-called Buffett Rule, which requires households earning $1 million or more a year to pay a minimum of 30% of their income in taxes.
Are you listening Congress?
In the latest Elon University Poll, 61% of respondents said they support the Buffett Rule, which was killed two weeks ago by a Republican filibuster in the Senate.
While Mitt Romney might be able to get ground in N.C. by campaigning on the economy, President Obama could make hay by campaigning on the Buffett Rule.
Nationally, a Gallup Poll taken earlier this month found 60% favored the rule.
Career aspirations — Tuesday was “Equal Pay Day,” marking how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011. This, then, from Pew: Reversing traditional gender roles, young women now surpass young men in saying that achieving success in a high-paying career or profession is important in their lives. Two-thirds (66%) of young women ages 18 to 34 rate career high on their list of life priorities, compared with 59% of young men. In 1997, 56% of young women and 58% of young men felt the same way.
Congress — Americans are feeling better about Congress these days. Not good, but better. Gallup reports that the approval rating of Congress is 17%, higher than it’s been since last July. Hard to say why, given that little significant legislation gets passed in an election year. Maybe that is why.
Vice president — Quinnipiac asked Americans about potential running mates for Mitt Romney. Gov. Chris Christie rates highest at 31% saying he would be a good choice, followed by Sen. Mario Rubio at 24% and Rep. Paul Ryan at 23%.
Afghanistan — Public support for maintaining U.S. forces in Afghanistan has reached a new low. And as the general election campaign begins, swing voters, by nearly two-to-one, favor removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible.
— John Robinson
Taxes — Americans are evenly split over whether they think they pay too much in taxes or their tax bill is about right. Not surprisingly, only 3% think they pay too little. (Warren Buffett may have been on that list.)
“Savings” — Where do you hide your mad money in your house, and why would you tell a pollster? Some did: 27% say the freezer, 19% in the sock drawer and 11% under the mattress.
Finances — Nationally, 52% of likely voters think their personal finances will improve over the next year.
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Pollution — We’re feeling better about the condition of our air and water. Americans currently express record-low concern about both air pollution and pollution of drinking water. Thirty-six percent say they worry a great deal about air pollution and 48% about pollution of drinking water. Both figures are down more than 20 percentage points from the year 2000.
Online — By their own admission, many young Americans, aged 18 to 29, say they spend too much time using the Internet (59%), their cell phones or smartphones (58%), and social media sites such as Facebook (48%).
Guns — Most Americans support the right to use deadly force to protect themselves – even in public places – and have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association.
— John Robinson
Race — A Newsweek/Daily Beast poll found that 72% of whites and 89% of African Americans believe the country is divided by race, but only 19% of whites say that racism is a big problem vs. 60 % of blacks.
Presidential politics — Independents like President Barack Obama better but feel ideologically closer to Mitt Romney, according to a new poll of a dozen battleground states released Monday. (North Carolina is included in the poll.)
More presidential politics — President Barack Obama’s job approval rating averaged 46% in March, up from 45% in January and February, and significantly improved over his term-low 41% monthly averages recorded last summer and fall.
Economy and presidential politics — Voters overwhelmingly trust their own judgment on economic matters more than the judgment of either President Obama or Mitt Romney.
We released poll results this morning on how North Carolina residents feel about the health care mandate requiring employers to cover contraceptives for their female employees.
When it comes to using that as a litmus test for presidential candidates, birth control is low on the list, nationally.
Late today, Gallup released poll results saying that a candidate’s stance on birth control is the least important among six issues when it comes to voting. The 44% of registered voters who say that federal government policies on birth control will be important to their vote is substantially lower than the 73% to 80% of voters who say that about the five other issues tested in the poll.
More important are health care, unemployment, the budget deficit and national debt, international issues and gas prices.
There is a partisan difference, which may surprise you. Democrats are more likely to rate birth control policy as important than Republicans. Gallup attributes that to the support Democrats have from women. The higher level of importance for this issue among women could reflect the fundamental facts regarding women’s relationship to pregnancy and birth, as well as their reactions to the recent controversy.
— John Robinson