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Friday
Jul222011

Study: Democrats Losing Support of Poor Whites

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- New analysis by Pew Foundation on voter identification finds that “the electorate’s partisan affiliations have shifted significantly since Obama won office nearly three years ago.”

One of the most notable shifts is the GOP gain among white voters, most specifically “the young and poor.”

“A seven-point Democratic advantage among whites under age 30 three years ago has turned into an 11-point GOP advantage today. And a 15-point Democratic advantage among whites earning less than $30,000 annually has swung to a slim four-point Republican edge today.”

The last time that Republicans had this level of support among young white voters was 2002-2004, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

The study also suggests that more voters than ever -- 34 percent -- identify themselves as Independent. Just 28 percent say they are Republican. Another 34 percent say they identify as Democrat.

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Thursday
Mar242011

Despite Recent Interest in Constitution, Many Americans Don't Know It

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The rise of the Tea Party has sparked resurgent interest in the U.S. Constitution and the history that led to drafting it.

The Tea Party caucus has held Constitution classes on Capitol Hill for lawmakers and prompted a reading of the document in its entirety from the House floor.  Members carry printed copies in their front shirt pockets and invoke constitutional slogans in their Tweets and Facebook messages from Congress' halls.

But a survey published this week by Newsweek and an informal ABC News poll of tourists on the National Mall last month found that many Americans remain surprisingly ignorant of the founding document's provisions.

When asked, "What is the supreme law of the land?," 70 percent of the 1,000 citizens polled by Newsweek couldn't answer correctly.

Sixty-one percent didn't know that the length of a U.S. senator's term is six years, 63 percent couldn't name the number of Supreme Court justices on the bench, and 86 percent didn't know that 435 members fill the U.S. House of Representatives.

At the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., dozens of Americans ABC News surveyed didn't fare much better.  Few could recite the opening phrase of the Constitution or list the constitutional requirements to be president.

And while experts say the results aren't new or surprising, the ignorance of many Americans on the details of the Constitution sharply contrasts with their belief in the document and its impact on their lives.

In a recent poll, ABC News found that 63 percent of Americans believe the Constitution affects their lives "a great deal," and 73 percent of them said they're confident they know "some" or a "great deal" of the Constitution's contents. 

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