The Week in Polls: July 8

Here’s what the American public is thinking this week.

Posted: 07/08/2011 12:52 PM EDT
The Week in Polls: July 8

From entitlements to the Casey Anthony murder trial verdict, Americans share their opinions on a range of issues.


Entitlement Programs

Just in time for the news that President Obama has put entitlements on the debt-limit negotiations table, the Pew Research Center released survey results that showed that a large majority of the country “overwhelmingly” believes that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have been good for the country at 87 percent, 88 percent and 77 percent, respectively. However, a majority also gave the programs poor performance ratings with 56 percent, 53 percent and 54 percent, respectively, rating them as “only fair/poor.”


Federal Debt Reduction

According to a McClatchy-Marist poll, 59 percent of Americans want the federal government to make debt reduction a priority, even if the economy is slow to recover. Only 33 percent think the government should stimulate the economy even if that means spending money.


Republican Presidential Field

Voters are becoming more familiar with Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty, four prospective Republican presidential candidates who’ve gained the most name recognition since March. Herman Cain had the biggest bump, a Gallup poll has found, increasing from 21 percent in March to 48 percent in the two weeks ending July 3.


A Mormon President

As Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has discovered, his Mormon faith still causes some Americans a bit of uncertainty. In a Pew survey, a quarter of Americans say they would be less likely to support a presidential candidate who is Mormon. But Republican voters are even less comfortable. The survey found that, among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 31 percent of white evangelicals, a key part of the GOP base, said they would be less likely to vote for a Mormon.


Casey Anthony

A USA Today/Gallup Poll survey found that 64 percent of Americans believe that Casey Anthony definitely or probably murdered her daughter. Women, at 28 percent, were more likely than men (11 percent) to think that she definitely killed her daughter and 28 percent of women, compared to nine percent of men, said that they were angry about Anthony’s not-guilty verdict.



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