A Quinnapiac University poll from May 28th shows that (currently) the Republican candidates that stack up the best against Hillary Clinton are Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. The next in line seems to be Mike Huckabee.
(Hillary is listed on the left, Republican candidates on the right.)
46 – 42 percent over Rand Paul
45 – 41 percent over Marco Rubio
47 – 40 percent over Mike Huckabee
46 – 38 percent over Scott Walker
47 – 37 percent over Jeb Bush
48 – 37 percent over Ted Cruz
46 – 37 percent over Chris Christie
50 – 32 percent over Donald Trump
According to the New York Times, the shift on same-sex marriage has captured the headlines, but the changes on views toward marriage are much broader than one issue.
The latest Gallup social issues survey shows changing social views since 2001. They show that not just support for same-sex marriage is changing.
Approval of unwed parenthood (45 percent in 2001, 61 percent now), divorce (59 percent then, 71 percent today), and premarital sex (53 percent then, 68 percent now) are on the rise.
Also, the acceptance of polygamy has more than doubled. Support for “plural matrimony” rose from 7 percent to 16 percent during the same period.
Voters in New Jersey disapprove of the job Chris Christie is doing as governor 56 percent to 38 percent, according to a new poll out by Quinnipiac University on Monday.
According to Politico, the numbers mark his lowest Quinnipiac approval rating ever and are the worst rating for any governor this year in states surveyed by the university.
New Jersey voters commented on Christie’s 2016 presidential aspirations as well, with 65 percent saying he would not make a good president, compared with 29 percent who think he would. 64 percent say he should not jump into the race for president.
In a general election matchup, Hillary Clinton leads Christie 51 percent to 36 percent.
The poll was conducted April 9-14, surveying 1,428 New Jersey voters via landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.6 percentage points, states Politico. The poll included 444 Republican voters with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.7 percentage points.
As President Obama seeks to ramp up military action against the terrorist group ISIS, Americans are unsure of Islam’s place in the United States, a LifeWay Research survey shows, as reported by Baptist Press.
37 percent of Americans say they are worried about Sharia law — an Islamic legal and moral code — being applied in America.
Roughly 1 in 4 Americans (27 percent) believe the terrorist group ISIS reflects the true nature of Islam.
4 in 10 (43 percent) believe Islam can create a peaceful society.
Most Protestant senior pastors (76 percent) say they support military action against ISIS.
Those are among the results of two surveys of 1,000 Americans each, along with a survey of 1,000 senior pastors of Protestant churches, from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
“ISIS has stirred an odd religious debate in America today,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research.
A terrorist attack on a satirical magazine in Paris last month and the rise of ISIS have possibly renewed concerns over extremist versions of Islam. In particular, ISIS is known for its brutality. The shooting deaths of three Muslim Americans in North Carolina recently has also made headlines and caused concern about possible backlash against Muslims.
Steve Kornacki discusses the results of an MSNBC survey conducted after President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Generally, most people gave the president a favorable rating.
A recent study showed that teens will delay sex if they go through the sex education program “Get Real” sponsored by Planned Parenthood.
According to Think Progress: “Comprehensive sex ed classes that emphasize healthy relationships and family involvement can encourage more middle school students to put off having sex, according to the results from a new study published in the Journal of School Health.
“The results have big implications for school districts that are trying to decide what type of health classes to offer to kids in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.
“The three-year study was conducted by researchers at the Wellesley Centers for Women, who wanted to figure out whether Get Real — a comprehensive sex ed program developed by Planned Parenthood — has an impact on middle schoolers’ sexual behavior.
“In order to do that, the researchers tracked a group of racially and economically diverse kids at 24 different schools in the Boston area, half of which implemented Get Real and half of which continued with their existing sex ed programs.”
Secular Talk video.
More info at: http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/1487
How do Americans rate other religions? Pew Research conducted a survey on it. Each religion was rated on a scale of 1 to 100 (over 50 was considered positive, under 50 was considered negative).
TYT video with Cenk Uygur.