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As reported by the folks at Talking Points Memo:

“A substantial majority of Americans believe Obamacare should remain law, either exactly as it is or with small changes, according to a new poll.

Bloomberg News found that a combined 64 percent of Americans said they support keeping the law in place. That includes 51 percent who said it should be kept but may need some small changes and 13 percent who said it should be left alone. Only 34 percent said it should be repealed.”

As this article at Talking Points Memo makes clear, Tea Partiers in Congress are playing with fire with their latest exercise in political hostage taking:

“Republicans in Washington insist they have simply been upholding the wishes of the American people throughout their efforts to block the Affordable Care Act, but a poll released Tuesday tells a very different story.

In fact, the latest survey from Quinnipiac University contains a ton of bad news for the GOP. For starters, 72 percent of Americans said they are opposed to shutting down the government in order to block implemntation of the health care law. A poll last week also showed a wide majority opposed to shutting down the government over Obamacare. Read More

The latest poll results from Public Policy Polling may explain in part why legislative leaders and Gov. McCrory have decided to expedite the end of the 2013 legislative session: They’ve decided to cut their losses.

Here’s the new PPP release:

“North Carolinians are very angry about the abortion bill that’s been working its way through the General Assembly…and now their anger toward state government is really being directed toward Governor Pat McCrory.

For the first time since taking office we find that McCrory has a negative approval rating this month. Only 40% of voters are happy with the job he’s doing to 49% who disapprove. That’s down a net 15 points from June when he was at a 45/39 spread. Read More

Tuesday’s presidential town hall debate at Hofstra University brings with it some added pressure for President Obama. After a lackluster performance in the first debate October 3rd, Obama finds himself now trailing in some key battleground states.

The latest numbers from Public Policy Polling show Mitt Romney with a two-point lead (49-47) over Obama in North Carolina, helped largely by white voters and independents.

Public Policy Polling Director Tom Jensen notes that Obama still has his customary lead with women at 50-46. But the latest poll shows that’s getting drowned out by the 53-43 one Romney has with men.

Jensen joined us over the weekend on News & Views to discuss the presidential race as well as the gubernatorial contest and NC Council of State races.

To hear an excerpt of his interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below. To hear the full segment, visit the Radio Interview section of the NC Policy Watch website:

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On one level, you gotta’ hand it to the Pope-Civitas people; they’ve gotten a huge amount of mileage out of their political “horse race” polls through the years (name recognition, the air of legitimacy, the chance to drive readers to their almost always absurd propaganda).

But seriously, if ever there was an example of why this stuff is regularly unreliable garbage that the mainstream news media need to, once and for all, STOP reporting on, this is it: Today, the Pope Civitas people reported that their latest “poll” shows that 30% of African American North Carolinians support Mitt Romney for president.     

Obviously, this is absurd. A third grader would understand this. As one commenter on the Civitas blog noted: Read More