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David Catanese notices that Research 2000 has taken their website down.

Gary Langer doesn't see evidence that tea partiers are likely to be racist.

Jim Geraghty highlights a Democracy Corps finding that many consider "socialist" an accurate label for Obama.

Tom Jensen explains changes in the 2010 electorate.

Andrew Gelman questions how typos end up in Rasmussen data.

Pew finds that Republicans' view of the Supreme Court has fallen since Obama took office.

National Journal's political insiders see increased likelihood of a Republican House takeover.

Marist finds most Americans think the Yankees will win the World Series.

Nate Silver wonders at a pentagon survey "gaydar" question.

 

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Farleftandproud:

Don't play down the truth. Most tea partiers are racist, or at least say that they aren't, but I know the truth.

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Field Marshal:

The truth is that 99.9% of the democratic party are racists. Not only that but they are bigots, anti-Semites, and fascists. The evidence is clearly there.

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Farleftandproud:

Don't believe me? Here is a Rasmussen poll, and please righties, don't play the part of Clarence Thomas on me and tell me that affirmative action hurts black people and they should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps. My God, they came to this country as slaves and weren't even immigrants who came on their own will.

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Recent news reports say the new financial regulatory bill before Congress includes a whole new layer of offices intended to promote the hiring of minorities and women, but voters remain lukewarm about the idea of affirmative action.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 32% of voters favor affirmative action, while 46% are opposed. Twenty-two percent (22%) more are not sure.

When asked more specifically about government programs that give special treatment when hiring to women and minorities, opposition rises to 55%. Twenty-nine percent (29%) favor such programs, while 15% are undecided.

The findings for both these questions are little changed from August 2008 in the heart of the presidential campaign when Republican candidate John McCain in an address to an African-American group criticized affirmative action as it is presently used.

Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to favor affirmative action and programs that give special treatment in hiring to women and minorities. Women and men, however, show little difference of opinion on preferential hiring.

However, the differences between the Political Class and Mainstream voters are even more striking. Seventy-one percent (71%) of the Political Class favor affirmative action, but 55% of Mainstream voters oppose it.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 10-11, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Americans were narrowly divided when asked just after President Obama took office whether affirmative action was still relevant with a black man in the White House: 38% said yes, but 41% disagreed and said it was not.

A well-intentioned program dating from the 1960s, affirmative action has now become a political catch phrase, particularly among some white voters, for what is seen as mandated quotas based on special treatment or even reverse bias. For many minority voters, however, opposition to affirmative action is viewed as racism.

Just 13% of voters view affirmative action as a success. Twenty-three percent (23%) say it’s been a failure, but most voters (59%) say it’s been somewhere in between a success and failure. These findings, too, have changed little over the past two years.

White voters are three times as likely as blacks to say affirmative action has been a failure, although the majority of both groups rate it somewhere in between the two.

Also essentially unchanged is the belief by 47% of voters that affirmative action programs discriminate against white men. Thirty-four percent (34%) disagree, but another 19% are not sure.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of male voters believe affirmative action discriminates against white men, compared to 42% of women.

In today’s business world, when choosing between people of different races or genders, 44% think most employers still choose the best person for the job. Thirty-three percent (33%) feel otherwise and say they do not pick the best person. Nearly one-in-four voters (23%) are not sure.

Men believe employers choose the best person more than women do. Younger voters believe it more than their elders.

A plurality (48%) of whites thinks employers still pick the best person for the job; the plurality (42%) of African-Americans disagrees.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of all voters nationwide believe relations between blacks and whites are getting better, and 77% say relations between whites and blacks are better today than they were in the 1960s.

African-American voters remain more confident in the nation’s current course than whites and other voters.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters now say that, generally speaking, American society is fair and decent rather than unfair and discriminatory. But that’s the lowest level measured since early October of last year.

Americans don’t have strong feelings one way or the other about the financial reform bill working its way through Congress. But most reject the notion that some banks are too big to fail and prefer more competition over more regulation.

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real_american:

Affirmative action is the most racist policy ever adopted by the united states. Any policy that makes race based decisions is racist.

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Wong:

One wonders how anyone other than a white supremacist racist could ignore the malignant policy of African- American slavery, followed by the segregationist policy of Jim Crow, not to mention the policy of extermination of Native Americans, to state boldly that affirmative action was the "most racist policy ever adopted by the united states"?

Wow.

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Field Marshal:

So farleft, because the GOP opposes affirmative action, a blatantly racist policy, it makes them racist? I think you may be close to losing it buddy. Seek some help...

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Farleftandproud:

No, my point was that this was taken from a Rasmussen Poll, and I seriously hope that not that many people are opposed to affirmative action. I think if it was that unpopular it would been wiped out during the George W. Years.

Not only is the right wing opposition to affirmative action making me question if a majority of white conservatives have a racist agenda is also their attacks on ACORN. There was never any proof that the director had been involved with money laundering like he was accused of; the way a majority of people in congress, including many Democrats cutting off funding of ACORN without a more thurough investigation was questionable to me.

ACORN's mission is to create jobs in inner cities, and reduce unemployment; the GOP isn't going to like that, because the higher the unemployment rate is, the GOP will continue to blame it on Obama's stimulus, and likewise they don't want the kind of turnout in 2012 or 2010 that there was in the last two elections, because ACORN registered more voters than ever before.

It just seems too much of a coincidence that these racial backlashes have grown deeper since Obama's election. We had a conservative in the white house for 8 years and Karl Rove did try to wipe out ACORN from federal funding but did not have success.

I guess if our country did significantly cut back on affirmative action, I assure you crime would increase, violence would increase, and I think whites would be victimized by blacks moreso than they are currently.

I have to seriously question the far right's racial views even more when there are ton of birthers trying to investigate Obama's birth certificate to make sure it isn't counterfeit? I can't wait to see them try. Trust me, if the Birther myth had any validity to it, Obama would have tried harder to confront the issue and make up a believable story, or at least justify his mom is a native born American, therefore, even if he was born in Kenya, Indonesia or wherever, he is still qualified to be president.

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real_american:

Affirmative action is a program that says that blacks are inferior to whites therefore they need special provisions to be able to get and hold the same jobs as the white person.

People who oppose affirmative action believe that blacks and whites are equal in abilities and that the law shouldn't favor any race over another race.

That's the reason Obama's approval stays near 50%. The people who believe in affirmative action believe that he should not be held to the same standard as a white president. It's just like the University of Michigan policy that was struck down by the supreme court that gave college applicants extra credit for being black. The affirmative action people still support Obama because they give him extra credit for being black.

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