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Poll: Majority of Republicans Say Congressional GOP Out Of Touch PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 April 2014 11:07

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - New polling data supports the contention that there is a rift within the Republican Party between conservative Tea Party supporters and more moderate Republicans usually referred to as the "establishment."

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Rasmussen reports that 59 percent of Republicans say Republicans in Congress aren't doing a good job of representing their constituents' values. Just 29 percent say the GOP is doing a job in that regard.
 
The number is high, but is down slightly from 65 percent last summer. The discontent among Republicans with their members of Congress peaked in 2009 at a high of 73 percent.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 11:08
 
Poll: Voters Disagree With Supreme Court's Campaign Finance Decision PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 11:56

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A national survey finds that 54 percent of Likely U.S. Voters say the government should regulate how much money individuals can give to political campaigns. The poll results come in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that lifted the aggregate limitations on donations.

 
Nearly three in ten voters told Rasmussen pollsters they don't think the government should regulate the amount, while while 16 percent are undecided.
 
Despite that, wrote Rasmussen in its reporting of the results: "But they also still think it’s a candidate’s views and not campaign contributions that provide the winning edge in an election."
 
The April 3/4 survey tallied responses from 1,000 likely voters.
 
The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 11:57
 
Gay Marriage Advocacy Group Targets 6th District Congressional Candidate Phil Berger, Jr. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Equality NC, a leading advocacy group for gay marriage, has issued a fundraising e-mail that targets Phil Berger, Jr., who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 6th District seat in Congress.

 
The e-mail reads as follows:
 
 
"Friend of Equality --
 
See this? Last night, a Greensboro, NC, 6th grader said 6th Congressional District candidate Phil Berger, Jr. compared marriage equality to "a man marrying a dog."
 
The Greensboro News & Record covered last night's candidate forum, summarizing the incident:
 
"Lana Torres, a sixth-grader, began by saying she supports gay marriage and asked Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. what he would do to work for equality in marriage laws. 'Two years ago, the voters of North Carolina overwhelming approved Amendment One, which only recognized traditional marriage, and I was a leader in that effort,' Berger said. 'I was the spokesperson for traditional marriage in North Carolina, and I am very much in favor of traditional marriage.' Torres reiterated her support for gay marriage to Berger after the forum, and later said she was disturbed by his response. "He talked about a man marrying a dog," Torres said. "I found that really offensive, that he would compare gay marriage to something so offensive and outrageous.'"
 
We do too, Lana.
 
Let's send a message to Mr. Berger that we won't be bullied -- chip in $6 to help Equality NC elect pro-equality candidates.
 
Because it's time we all joined our brave young people in taking a strong stand for Equality.
 
For Equality,
 
Chris Sgro
Equality NC"
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:42
 
CBS Poll: President Obama's Job Approval Sits At 43 Percent PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 March 2014 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Seven months before Americans head to the ballot box and a key indicator of public sentiment -- the president's job approval -- is signaling trouble ahead for Democrats. 

 
The latest CBS poll shows President Obama's job approval is just 43 percent. While that number is up two points from the January level, it is down five points from December.
 
CBS analysis of the poll also shows the president's ratings on specific issues "remain mostly negative." 
 
Political pundits say the 2014 election cycle has the marks of the 2010 cycle, when Republicans did well amid frustration over the Affordable Care Act and fiscal issues. Today, the Affordable Care Act remains unpopular -- 53 percent disapprove -- and Republicans remain angry over the $17 trillion U.S. debt, which continues to rise.
 
Democrats remain hopeful that improvements in the functionality of healthcare.gov will be a salve to the unpopularity of the health care law, and an improving economy will improve their chances at the ballot box.
 
Non-presidential election years are notorious for hurting the political party in charge of the White House, particularly during second presidential terms. 
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 05:23
 
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