-Americans aren't big on either the Occupy Wall Street movement or the Tea Party...but if they have to pick one or the other they'll take Occupy Wall Street. Voters are pretty evenly divided on whether they support the goals of the OWS movement- 35% say they agree with them, while 36% are opposed. When it comes to the Tea Party though, there's less division. 39% of voters say they agree with that movement's goals, but a larger 45% disagree.
40% of voters say they have a higher opinion of the Occupy Wall Street movement overall, while 37% pick the Tea Party. Occupy Wall Street wins out largely because of a 43-34 advantage with independents. Those voters support the OWS goals by a 39/34 margin, but oppose the Tea Party's goals by a 37/49 spread.
Neither of these movements have any sort of crossover appeal, but for now the Tea Party has much bigger issues with the center than Occupy Wall Street does.
-Americans think the new Republican majority in the House has done a worse job than the previous Democratic regime. And they hate John Boehner. Only 32% of voters think House Republicans have been an improvement, while 45% think things were better during the Pelosi years. Those feelings are particularly strong among the independents whose votes fueled the GOP taking control last year- 51% of them think the Republicans have made the House worse to just 27% who think they've made it better.
A lot of the unhappiness with House Republicans is being driven by the unpopularity of John Boehner. Only 27% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 48% who disapprove. With independents the numbers are even worse, a 26/52 spread. By this time next year being tied to him may prove to be just as toxic for GOP incumbents as being tied to Nancy Pelosi was for Democrats last year.
Given the unhappiness with Boehner and the sense that Republicans have made things worse, it's no surprise to see Democrats leading the generic House ballot by a 45-42 margin nationally, continuing the advantage we've seen for them for the last six months.
-You know things have gotten bad for Rick Perry when he can only summon 38-41% of the vote in head to head match ups with Tyler Perry and Katy Perry. He beats Tyler 38-18 and Katy 41-18 but he's well below the magic 50% mark and most of the undecideds are Democrats. There may be hope for Tyler and Katy yet.
-And as long as we were polling on Katy Perry we asked poll respondents whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement 'I kissed a girl and I liked it.' 42% of voters said yes, 31% said no, and a surprisingly high 27% were unsure. Breaking it down by gender 14% of women say that they've kissed a girl and they liked it, while 71% of men have.
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