Polls of the Week: Aug. 2
Super PACs remain confusing among voters, plus more.
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America Weighs In - Americans grapple over the meaning of a Super PAC, Colorado shooting massacre remains top news story, Olympic fever sweeps America, plus more. – Joyce Jones and Britt Middleton.
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Super What? - Despite warnings from liberal quarters that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the groups that are backing him financially are trying to buy the election, a majority of American voters have no idea what a super PAC is. A Pew Research Center poll released Aug. 2 found that only 25 percent of respondents said they've heard a lot about the outside spending groups and 46 percent said they don't know what the term "super PAC" means. (Photos from left: Win McNamee/Getty Images, Spencer Platt/Getty Images, GettyImages)
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Not Feeling the Love - Given how tight the presidential race is, Romney undoubtedly is a formidable opponent, but just because some voters say they're going to vote for him, it doesn't mean they're going to like it. A Pew Research Center poll has found that voters have an unfavorable view of Romney by 52 to 37 percent. The survey, released Aug. 2, was taken before his trip overseas. By contrast, Obama's favorable/unfavorable ratio is 50 to 45 percent, but, according to Pew, still "lower than the pre-election ratings of most other recent presidential candidates." (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Democratic Downers - Bad news on the Democratic front: The results of a Gallup poll published last week shows that Democrats' enthusiasm has sharply declined since 2008. The poll found that just 39 percent say they are "more enthusiastic about voting than usual" in the 2012 election than they were in 2004 and 2008. Conversely, 51 percent of Republicans are significantly more enthusiastic than they were in 2008 and feeling the excitement of 2004. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Taxes, Not So Much - What are American voters' top items on any president's to-do list? Creating good jobs, reducing federal government corruption and lowering the federal deficit are extremely important to 48, 45 and 44 percent of Americans, according to a Gallup poll published July 30. Environmental concerns like global warming and increasing taxes on the wealthy bottomed the list, each at 21 percent. (Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)