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GOP OR DEM, AMERICANS DISLIKE BOTH

Overall impressions of Democrats and Republicans, and President Trump, are little changed since April 2017,  the latest Pew Research Center survey finds. Currently, just 39% of people approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, while 55% disapprove. Likewise, just 40% view the GOP favorably, while only 44% view the Democratic party… read more

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NO POLLS

As pollsters confront unprecedented obstacles, the biggest name in the business, Gallup, is backing away.  The firm tells Politico it will not do any presidential election polls in 2016. Gallup says among reasons for the change – fewer voters are willing to participate in polls or don’t have landlines.

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CHANGING POLITICS

Political pundits mistakenly characterize rural America as politically one-dimensional, but those who do fail to understand important demographic changes that can impact the 2016 elections. A new report finds rural Americans are becoming more politically diverse.

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RURAL-URBAN DIVIDE

There are many divides in American politics, but some of the starkest differences exist between rural and urban America. And events in the news this past week only highlighted the size of those divides. http://nbcnews.to/1LQC8Fp

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VOTING PATTERNS

Three-quarters of millennials interviewed for a new research report say lack of information about candidates for local office is among the biggest reasons they chose not to vote in local elections. 40% of participants said there wasn’t enough news coverage of local elections.

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FOLLOWING POLITICS

Overall, 16% of registered voters follow candidates for office, political parties, or elected officials on a social networking site, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

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POLITICAL INTERESTS

When asked the question, “How interested would you say you personally are in politics?” fewer than half of Millennials and barely half of Gen Xers say they are “very” or “fairly” interested. Numbers for older voters are substantially higher.

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IOWA SUMMIT

Nine GOP presidential hopefuls were asked a number of agricultural related questions at the first Iowa Ag Summit on Saturday. Each potential candidate was asked specifically where they stand on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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MEDIA TRENDS

Pew Research finds when it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust. Conservatives trust Fox News, while liberals tend to favor CNN, NPR and MSNBC.  Both like the Wall Street Journal.

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TRACKING POLLS

The Huffington Post tracking poll finds Illinois’ governor’s race a dead heat, with Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democrat Pat Quinn by just 1.6 percentage points. The model currently gives Rauner a 51.9% chance of winning. Too close to call.

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