Obama lead in Virginia up to 5 points

This just in from Public Policy Polling:

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Virginia, conducted on behalf of Health Care for America Now, finds Barack Obama expanding his lead in the aftermath of his debate victory Monday night. He now has 51% to 46% for Mitt Romney, up from a 49/47 advantage last weekend.

Key findings from the survey include:

-Obama’s seen a 7 point net improvement in his favorability rating among Virginia voters from a -3 spread last week (48/51) to now +4 at 51/47. Romney’s numbers have headed in the other direction. He’s dropped 7 points from a +2 spread on our last poll (49/47) to now -5 at 46/51.

-Voters trust Obama more than Romney on several major issues in the election. Those include who voters think will stand up for the middle class (52/44) and who they think will [...]

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Honey Boo Boo has Negative 44% Net Favorability in North Carolina

The Democratic Party polling firm Public Policy Polling has a shtick where it solicits polling questions from their blog readers and then actually asks those questions in it's state polls.  The latest concerns the favorability in NC of one Honey Boo Boo:

Q10 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of Honey Boo Boo?
Favorable……………………………………………….. 3%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 47%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 50%

Note: I did a Google images search on "Honey Boo Boo" to select the photo above. I strongly recommend that others not try this.

Update:  I almost forgot – the crosstabs!

Highest Honey Boo Boo Favorable (7%): The very liberal

Lowest Honey Boo Boo Favorable (1%) : The somewhat conservative

Highest Honey Boo Boo Unfavorable (62%): Age 30-45 (most likely to watch the show?)

Highest Honey Boo Boo "Not sure" [...]

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Michigan Voters Not Sure If Trees Are The Right Height Or Not

The pollsters from the different political parties may claim their polls are objective, but neither side seems able to resist inserting a self-serving question or two (or three or four.)  The latest example is the new poll out by Public Policy Polling (D) which shows Obama in Michigan with net postive approval and a double-digit lead over Romney.  But they couldn't help themselves ask just a couple questions more:

Q7 Do you consider Mitt Romney to be a
Michigander, or not?

He is a Michigander …………………………………. 24%
He is not…………………………………………………. 65%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 11%

Q8 In Michigan, do you think the trees are the right
height, or not?

The trees are the right height…………………….. 38%
They are not……………………………………………. 8%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 55%

Update 2:54 p.m.:  Business Insider is also covering this breaking news and [...]

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North Carolina Republicans: Being Gay Should Be A Felony

This just in from the Public Policy Polling group:

-There's been a noticeable shift in the attitudes of African Americans in North Carolina toward rights for gay couples in the wake of President Obama's announcement last week that he supports gay marriage. Our final poll before the primary last week found only 20% of black voters in the state favoring gay marriage, with 63% opposed. Now 27% express support for gay marriage with 59% opposed, for an overall 11 point shift on the margin.

There's been a similar movement when it comes to the overall idea of providing gay couples legal rights in the form of either marriage or civil unions. Before the primary 44% of African Americans favored one of those with 51% opposed to any sort of legal recognition for same sex couples. Now 55% of blacks support either gay marriage or civil [...]

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