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Oscar Gold: Before the golden statues are given out at this year’s Oscar broadcast, CBS and Vanity Fair surveyed Americans on the silver screen.
Debt woes: In a new Bloomberg News poll, 55% approve of the way President Obama is handling his job as president. The deficit is one area where Americans are not enthusiastic about the president’s performance. Fifty-five percent disapprove of the way Obama is handling the deficit, while 35% approve. Expectations of the future could be playing a role. Fifty-six percent expect the size of the national debt to get worse in the next twelve months. Only 16% think it will get better and 21% said it would stay about the same.
Foreign policy goals: Gallup surveyed Americans about foreign policy goals that the United States might have. Preventing future acts of international terrorism ranked at the top of the nine-item list, with 88% deeming it very important. Preventing the spread of nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction also placed high, with 83% ranking it very important. Tied for last place were promoting economic development in other countries and helping other countries build democracies. Thirty-one percent said each was very important.
What sequester?: In the first poll from the new Pew/USA Today partnership, 27% had heard a lot about “major cuts in defense and domestic government spending that will automatically happen on March 1st unless the president and Congress reach an agreement on deficit reduction,” with Republicans more highly aware of the situation than Democrats (36%-23%). In a follow-up question that asked what should happen if the president and Congress can’t reach a deficit reduction agreement, 40% said it would be better to let the cuts go into effect, and 49% delay them. Among those most aware of the situation, people split evenly about letting the cuts go forward (47%) or delaying them (46%).
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