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Pew Poll Finds Small Plurality Supports Obama's Gun Control Proposals

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Only about four in ten Americans support President Obama's sweeping proposals to curb gun violence in America, according to a new Pew Research poll.

Obama unveiled a plan last week that would reinstate a ban on certain assault-style rifles and demand universal background checks on all firearms purchases, among other recommendations.

Pew found that 39 percent of respondents are behind the president's plans, while 31 percent believe they go too far.  Another 13 percent feel Obama should have proposed even stricter limits on gun ownership.

As for the breakdowns by party affiliation, more than half of Republicans say the administration's plans to curb gun violence go too far, while over 50 percent of Democrats are on board with him.

Independents are more divided down the middle, with 36 percent in support of the White House proposals and 33 percent against them.

Meanwhile, more men than women say Obama overstepped his bounds in calling for tighter gun control in the wake of December's mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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Pew Survey Gives Obama Win in 'Fiscal Cliff' Negotiations

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Who won the great "fiscal cliff" compromise battle?

By an overwhelming majority, 57 percent of respondents in a new Pew Research survey say the victor was President Obama, with 48 percent giving him high marks in his handling of the negotiations to fend off another recession.

The Pew survey, released on Monday, finds that only 20 percent of Americans say that Republicans came out on top and just 19 percent approved of the way they handled the tough fight with the White House in extending Bush-era tax breaks for most who pay federal income tax.

That being said, most respondents think the fiscal cliff legislation is more of a bust than a boon to their personal finances.  Fifty-two percent contend that they will be hurt by the outcome of the negotiations, while 30 percent say the deal will be a help to their bottom line.

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Poll: Americans Favor Gun Control over Gun Rights

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A new Pew Research Center poll conducted following the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., finds that more Americans believe that gun control should take precedence over the rights of gun owners.

In the wake of the tragedy that cost the lives of 20 children and six adults, 49 percent of the respondents in the Pew survey say it is more important to put restrictions on Second Amendment rights compared to 42 percent who maintain that the rights of gun owners should come first.

The remainder was undecided.

While this would appear to give impetus to President Obama's attempts to reinstall an assault rifle ban and other measures opposed by the National Rifle Association, the number of Americans favoring restrictions on gun owners is actually lower than it was nearly five years ago.

In April 2008, when Republican George W. Bush was president, 58 percent of Pew respondents who were asked the same question put a higher priority on controlling guns, while 37 percent asserted that Second Amendment rights were more important.

Meanwhile, a separate Gallup poll showed that a majority of Americans think more spending on mental health programs and an added security presence in schools would be more effective at stopping similar school shooting than reinstating a prohibition on certain weapons.

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Pew Research Finds US to Be an Entitlement Nation

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As much as the federal government’s major entitlement programs have been lambasted lately and targeted by politicians for cuts, the truth is you're more likely than not to live in a household in which someone benefits from these handouts.

The latest Pew Research center survey finds that at least 55 percent of Americans have received benefits from at one or more of the following: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, food stamps or welfare.

While 59 percent of these recipients cast a vote for President Obama in the November election, 53 percent of those who picked GOP nominee Mitt Romney are also indebted to entitlements.

Overall, Pew said that 71 percent of households contain one or more members who've benefited from various major programs.  And if one factors in veterans benefits, federally subsidized college loans and grants, that number rises to 86 percent.

Just over one-in-four Americans have gotten an unemployment check and/or received Social Security payments.  About 20 percent are Medicare recipients, while around the same number use food stamps. 

Meanwhile, one-in-ten Americans have received Medicaid payments and 8 percent were on welfare.

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Poll: Most Would Place Blame on GOP if US Goes over Fiscal Cliff

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In the court of public opinion, most Americans would pin the blame on Republican lawmakers if the country goes over the fiscal cliff.

A new survey by the Pew Research Center that concluded last Sunday found that 53 percent of respondents will hold Republicans responsible if no deal is reached with the White House to stop the rescinding of tax breaks for all Americans and the enactment of deep automatic spending reductions, which economists say will lead to another recession.

Just 27 percent of respondents said that the onus should fall on President Obama if the two sides can't reach an agreement by the end of the month.

Predictably, the bulk of people who identify themselves as Democrats support Obama while Republicans are sticking with GOP lawmakers.

Democrats are more inclined to believe a deal will happen, while Republicans and independents are more skeptical, the Pew survey says.

Fifty-seven percent say they understand the circumstances of what going over the fiscal cliff means and six in ten contend that should that happen, it will hurt both the economy and their personal finances.

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New Survey Shows Post-Debate Surge for Romney

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A new Pew Research Center poll which covers the days immediately following the first presidential debate (Oct. 4-7), shows Mitt Romney swinging ahead of President Barack Obama among likely voters, 49 percent -45 percent, and tied among registered voters at 46 percent.

Polling from Pew in mid-September had Obama up among likely voters 51-43 percent and 51-42 registered voters. Romney’s success is due in large part to his improvement among women. Back in September, Romney trailed Obama among women by 18 points. Today, the two are tied among women, 47 percent to 47 percent.

The poll released Monday also showed Romney improving his standing from September on almost every issue including taxes, Medicare and jobs.

According to an associate researcher at Pew, this poll has given Romney “his first statistically significant lead on the economy of the year.”

On the question of who would do better on improving the jobs situation, Romney is ahead by 8 points (49-41 percent).

Romney also improved his standing on the question of who looks out for the middle class.

Pew’s researcher also adds: “Important to this is a notable surge in GOP enthusiasm and engagement. There are now as many strong Romney supporters as strong Obama supporters – a wide gap in every earlier poll.  And the GOP has re-opened a wide lead in engagement – the share of Republicans “giving a lot of thought” to the campaign spiked from 73 percent to 82 percent (which helps Romney with the likely voters numbers).”

The Pew poll shows a wider swing than other recent polls, but reinforces a trend seen in Gallup polling today that Romney has benefited from a post-debate bounce.

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