Polls of the Week: March 5
President Obama blamed for rising gas prices, plus more.
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America Weighs In - Voters keep economic issues at the forefront of the presidential race, Rick Santorum continues to edge out Mitt Romney and the latest views of President Obama’s health care act.—Joyce Jones and Britt Middleton.
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Americans Blame President Obama, Oil Companies for Rising Gas Prices - In a new Pew Center poll released March 1, 18 percent of Americans say President Obama or his administration is to blame for price hikes at the gas pump; 14 percent blame oil companies or domestic oil producers; 11 percent blame Iran, the upheaval in the Middle East or the threat of war in the region; the remaining respondents split the blame evenly among Washington politicians, Wall Street traders, Congress and consumers who drive inefficient vehicles. Nationally, the average cost for gas is $3.72 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Higher Learning in America - Overall, Americans (60 percent) believe colleges and universities have a positive impact on the current state of the country, a Pew Poll reported on March 1, while 26 percent said they have a negative effect. Interestingly, fewer conservative Republicans (46 percent) reported that institutions are positively shaping our nation, compared to 67 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of Independents. (Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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Americans Save Their Cash - A new Gallup poll reported on March 2 says that Americans who make less than $90,000 per year reported spending an average of of $55 per day in stores, at gas stations and online in February, essentially the same as what Americans reported spending in January. Lower- and middle-income spending was $52 per day, while those making more than $90,000 a year reported spending $110 per day in February, down slightly from $117 daily in January and February 2011. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Top States With Highest/Lowest Obesity Rates - The national obesity rate declined slightly to 26.1 percent in 2011, from 26.6 percent in 2010, according to a Gallup poll released Feb. 29. Nationally, West Virginia (35.3), Delaware (32.7) and Mississippi (32.2) were among the top states with the highest obesity rates, while Colorado (18.5), Rhode Island and Utah (both at 21.6 percent) and Massachusetts (22.2 percent) were the top three states with the lowest obesity rates. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)