Polls on the Olympics, Colorado shootings, health care and more
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  • According to Marist, 41% of Americans view China as our strongest competitor at the #Olympics2012.

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  • Gymnastics won gold as most popular event in #Olympics2012; 30% of Americans say they’re looking forward to it most.

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  • 48% of Americans said that they were following news about the Aurora shooting very closely. Making it a top story of 2012.

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Olympics 2012: Seventy-two percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll have a favorable impression of the London summer games, and 16 percent an unfavorable view. Nineteen percent told Marist pollsters that they planned to follow the Olympics a “great deal” and another 23 percent “a good amount.” Two in ten said they did not plan to follow the games at all.

In Marist’s poll, Americans saw China as our strongest competitor (41 percent) at the games, far outdistancing Russia (15 percent). Gymnastics won the gold as the most popular event for those who say they plan to watch (30 percent said they were looking forward to it most) followed by swimming (23 percent), track and field (18 percent), basketball (11 percent), and soccer (10 percent). Women were much more interested in gymnastics than any other sport. African American viewers were most interested in track and field and basketball; whites in gymnastics and swimming.

For all viewers, Michael Phelps was thought to be the biggest male star. He was the overwhelming choice of white viewers; African Americans picked LeBron James, Phelps, and Usain Bolt. Serena Williams was the top female pick. In the ABC/Post poll, 47 percent had a favorable impression of the “horse-riding competition called dressage” and 27 percent an unfavorable opinion.



Attention to Aurora, Colorado Shootings: Forty-eight percent told Pew researchers that they were following news about the Aurora, Colorado shooting very closely, making this one of the top news stories of the year. The level of attention was similar to the killings in Tucson (2011) and Virginia Tech (2007), but below those in Colombine (1999). Pew reports that attitudes about gun control changed little in the wake of past shootings.



What has changed in Pew and Gallup’s polling in recent years is attitudes about gun control, with opinion becoming more skeptical about additional measures.

Health Care: Immediately after the Supreme Court decision, when the Kaiser Family Foundation asked people what opponents of the law should do next, 38 percent believed they should try blocking the law from being implemented, while 56 percent said they should stop their efforts to block it and move on to other national problems.

A new poll from Fox News asked registered voters about the decision: 40 percent agreed more with the sentiment “it’s done and Congress should move on,” while 58 percent felt “the law needs to be changed and Congress should keep working on it.”

The Bain Barometer: The May and June NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls found 53 percent who hadn’t heard the name Bain Capital. In the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 38 percent gave that response. Of the remainder, 12 percent had a positive impression, 23 percent a negative one, and 27 percent were neutral.

2016!!!: Hillary Clinton leads the pack in Iowa with 62 percent in a new Public Policy Poll of Democrats saying they would vote for her compared to 14 percent for Joe Biden. Among Republicans there, 16 percent said they would support Huckabee or Santorum and 15 percent Christie.

 

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