Quiz: What is your political stripe?

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Are you a “hard-pressed skeptic”? A “young outsider”? A “business conservative”? A “faith and family” leftie?

Take Pew’s Political Typology Quiz to find out where in fall in the ideological spectrum compared with a national survey of over 10,000 Americans.

It’s totally anonymous — you don’t have to fill out any personal details. And it only takes about two minutes to answer questions such as:

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Start the quiz here.

 

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Chart: The most trusted name in news?

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new Brookings and Public Religion Research Institute survey on What Americans Want From Immigration Reform contains some interesting data on what TV news channels are considered most trusted by party affiliation. If you’re an MSNBC fan, better avert your eyes … Continue reading

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Are we giving up on the American Dream?

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Are you better off now than …

A CNN/ORC poll finds that 59% think the American Dream is impossible for most to achieve. A whopping 63% of respondents think  most children “will grow up worse off” than their parents.

But the outlook isn’t all gloomy.

When asked whether “you are better off financially than your parents were when they were your age,” 54% say they are doing better than Mom and Pop, 41% say they are worse off and 4% say the same.

 

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States with the highest obesity rates: Where is Pa.?

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obesityrateInPaAccording to a Gallup poll — people were asked to, ahem, “self-report” their height and weight — Mississippi has the worst rate of obesity and Montana the least worst. The national obesity rate has increased to 27.1% from 26.2% in 2012. That makes Pennsylvanians — at 28.2% — a little heavier than average.

Top 10: States with Highest Obesity Rates … Continue reading

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70% of Jewish Israelis don’t trust Obama

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A vast majority of Jewish Israelis don’t believe President Obama has their interests at heart in rounds of talks with the Palestinians, according to a poll by Sof Hashavua, or The Weekend, a sister publication of the Jerusalem Post that is Israel’s third most popular newspaper.

It’s the latest bad news for Secretary of State John Kerry, who has spent months on shuttle diplomacy trying to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together for peace negotiations and now finds himself the butt of satire and ridicule by the right wing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Thursday said the “curse-Kerry competition [is] the latest popular sport.”

It wasn’t always this way. Last spring, 61 percent of Israelis had confidence in Obama, writes Karl Vick, the Jerusalem bureau chief for Time. But a Western deal with Iran to freeze Tehran’s nuclear program and Kerry’s pursuit of  framework for peace talks have sent Obama’s ratings south, Vick says. The Sof Hashavua poll finds that 70% of Jewish Israelis don’t trust the U.S. president.

Read more at Time.

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In list of ‘most-Bible minded’ cities, Pittsburgh is 67th

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americas-most-bible-minded-cities-infographic-2014-american-bible-societyWe’re behind Philly. How did that happen? Click to see a larger image.

A survey by the American Bible Society ranks how often you read the Good Book and how accurate you think it is.

Chattanooga, Tenn., is the nearest to the Holy Scriptures.

“Not surprisingly,” the society says, “many cities in the East Coast continued to rank as the least Bible-minded in 2013. Among them: Providence, R.I.; Albany and Buffalo, N.Y.; Boston; and Portland, Maine.”

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Updated: Add Obama to 79% who want Congress to OK Syria action

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Maybe President Obama saw this poll. AP just posted a story saying that the president “abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds.”

Original post: This is something voters from both parties can agree on.

A whopping 79% of Americans say President Obama should get congressional approval before striking Syria, an NBC News poll shows. Continue reading

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