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Published: 04/1/11

Fargo Wins Title as 'America's Toughest Weather City'

By  Paul Yeager - AOL News
Fargo Wins Title as 'America's Toughest Weather City'

It's official: Fargo, N.D., is "America's toughest weather city," edging out winter-weary Bradford, Pa., in the finals of the Weather Channel's just concluded NCAA-style bracket championship. Fargo used the starting trio of infamous blizzards, extreme cold and spring floods to win the highly competitive 64-team tournament. The city got 29,837 votes to Bradford's 25,575 in the final matchup. Winners were determined by a poll of visitors to the America's Toughest Weather City website, where some 847,000 votes were tabulated over the course of the contest. Scott Olson, Getty Images ...

Published: 03/31/11

Study: Young Israelis Leaning More Conservative

By  Linda Gradstein - AOL News
Study: Young Israelis Leaning More Conservative

JERUSALEM -- A survey released today finds young Israelis are moving to the right politically, as peace talks with the Palestinians remain stalled and the Middle East erupts around them. The study finds that 60 percent of Jewish teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 prefer "strong" leaders to the rule of law. It also finds that in cases where state security and democratic values conflict, 70 percent of teenagers believe security should come first. Ariel Schalit, AP Israeli settlers and their supporters wave Israeli flags March 13 in Tel Aviv as they protest the killing of five m...

Published: 02/24/11

Government Shutdown 2011: Do You Think It Will Happen? [POLL]

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Government Shutdown 2011: Do You Think It Will Happen? [POLL]

With just over a week until a possible government shutdown, the stakes in Congress' bid to reach a spending agreement are getting higher and higher every day. While the GOP-led House recently passed a measure featuring $61 billion in spending cuts, Senate Democrats say they will not approve that package, which goes after some top priorities of the Obama administration. Should lawmakers on both sides of the aisle not reach an agreement by March 4, parts of the government will grind to a halt as they did during the 1995-96 shutdown. What do you think? Is the federal government on a one-way ro...

Published: 01/11/11

Congress' Approval Numbers Rebound Slightly, Poll Finds

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Congress' Approval Numbers Rebound Slightly, Poll Finds

It's not much, but it's something. Americans' approval of the job Congress is doing has rebounded somewhat after hitting a record low, with new poll numbers just rising out of the teens, according to a survey out Tuesday. The Gallup poll conducted Jan. 7-9 found 20 percent of voters have a positive opinion of Congress' performance. That's up from a rock-bottom 13 percent approval in mid-December. Support for Congress had been hovering around 20 percent from May of last year through October, Gallup said. Along party lines, 22 percent of Republicans gave their approval to Congress, the high...

Published: 12/18/10

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Americans Divided on That, Too

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Americans Divided on That, Too

As if Americans weren't divided enough, even in this season celebrating peace and good will, the public is split over whether shops should greet customers by saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays." Related Stories Poll: Americans Prefer 'Merry Christmas' Just under half (49 percent) of those surveyed in a new poll said stores should have a "Merry Christmas" greeting policy, while 44 percent say businesses should opt for the more generic "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" out of respect for people of different faiths. Robert Putnam of Harvard, a leading scholar of relig...

Published: 12/16/10

Poll Says Obama in Good Shape for 2012 Despite Current Woes

By  not in system - AOL News
Poll Says Obama in Good Shape for 2012 Despite Current Woes

His party got hammered in the midterm election, he's taking heat for compromising with Republicans on taxes and his approval levels are hovering around 45 percent, but a new survey concludes President Obama's prospects for re-election in 2012 are fairly strong....

Published: 11/12/10

Sarah Palin's Unfavorability Numbers Hit New High, Survey Finds

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Sarah Palin's Unfavorability Numbers Hit New High, Survey Finds

The number of Americans viewing Sarah Palin unfavorably has hit the highest point since she burst onto the national stage over two years ago, according to a poll out Friday. The Gallup survey conducted in the days after the Nov. 2 election found more than half of Americans -- 52 percent -- hold a negative opinion of the former Alaska governor. Only 40 percent viewed her favorably, which ties her lowest score from about a year ago. Palin, the GOP's vice presidential candidate in 2008, is among Republican names being floated as a possible presidential pick in two years time. The poll found sh...

Published: 10/27/10

Sex vs. the Internet: 12 Percent of Women Would Rather Stay Online

By  Carl Franzen - AOL News
Sex vs. the Internet: 12 Percent of Women Would Rather Stay Online

(Oct. 27) -- The Internet is a glorious invention, but is it really better than sex? For most Americans, the answer is still a decided "no." But there is a subset of the population, at least, that would rather give up fun between the sheets than cascading style sheets, if forced to choose between the two. Meet the true webophiles: Surprise, more of them are women than men. Actually, that shouldn't be that much of a shock, given that a greater percentage of Web users are women anyway, and that's the way it's been for at least the past five years. Furthermore, women aren't using the Web just t...

Published: 10/25/10

The Economy: Let's Get Ready to Tumble!

By  Robert and Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
The Economy: Let's Get Ready to Tumble!

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Published: 08/29/10

Louisianans Rate Bush Over Obama in a Crisis

By  not in system - AOL News
Louisianans Rate Bush Over Obama in a Crisis

(Aug. 29) -- As the five year anniversary again summons up memories of Katrina's devastation of the Gulf Coast, Louisiana voters are giving higher marks to former President George Bush for handling of the storm's aftermath and dealing with crisis than they do for President Obama's handling of the BP oil spill, according to a Public Policy Polling survey conducted Aug. 21-22....

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