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Most Americans Think Stores Should Close For Thanksgiving

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 3:42 PM

Seventy percent of Americans think retailers should close their doors on Thanksgiving Day, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds. Just 12 percent think that stores should remain open, while the remainder aren't sure. 

Views on this issue remain

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Hillary Clinton Calls For 'Justice And Accountability' Following Laquan McDonald's Death

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 2:37 PM

Hillary Clinton called Wednesday for justice in the case of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager fatally shot last year by police in Chicago, citing the incident as an example of the need for a larger national conversation about race and policing.

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Americans Expect Foreign Policy To Take Center Stage In 2016

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 1:18 PM

While Americans are increasingly concerned about foreign policy, they largely don't want the U.S. to become more active in international affairs, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll taken days after the Paris attacks.

Seventy percent of respondents said the world has become more...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Weigh In On The 2016 Candidates They'd Least Like To Spend Thanksgiving With

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 7:41 AM

CRUZ’S NUMBERS SPIKE IN IOWA - HuffPollster: "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is vaulting into the Iowa caucus' first tier of Republican candidates, a survey released Tuesday suggests. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Cruz taking 23 percent to Donald Trump's 25 percent among likely GOP caucus-goers.

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Ted Cruz Surges In New Iowa Polls

(10) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:23 AM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is vaulting into the Iowa caucus' first tier of Republican candidates, a survey released...

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Americans Hate 'The Government,' But Like Actual Government Programs

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Trust in Washington is perilously low, disapproval of Congress is embarrassingly high, and outsider candidates remain at the top of the GOP polls. But underneath Americans' rising hostility toward the federal government is a relationship that's considerably...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Here's What You Need To Know About Louisiana's Gubernatorial Election

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 7:52 AM

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR'S RACE COULD SWING DEMOCRATIC: Conservative Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal might  be succeeded by a Democrat come election day Saturday, if the polls are right. Republican incumbent David Vitter has been plagued by a prostitution scandal, leaving little-known state Rep....

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Voters Say Hillary Clinton Won Last Saturday's Debate

(10) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:34 PM

Hillary Clinton was the victor in last week's little-watched Democratic debate, according to a HuffPost/YouGov survey of voters who belong to or lean toward the Democratic Party.

Just 8.5 million viewers tuned in last Saturday...

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Americans Would Rather Send Troops Abroad Than Take In Refugees At Home

(16) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 11:53 AM

There's considerably more support for sending U.S. ground troops to fight the Islamic State than there is for accepting the Syrian refugees fleeing from the terrorist group, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.

Americans are broadly sympathetic to the plight of refugees...

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Hillary Clinton's Pot Proposal Is Popular, But It Probably Won't Help Her Win

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 12:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's proposal this month to loosen restrictions on marijuana and spur more research into the drug’s medicinal benefits wasn't especially surprising or daring, given 58 percent of Americans support legalizing it. But it begs...

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Americans Aren't Sure Anything In America Works Anymore

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Here's a brief, non-exhaustive list of things that a new poll says Americans don't have much faith in: the government, businesses, the economy, the power of their vote and the future of the United States.

The overall mood of the country is one of "anxiety,...

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The U.S. Has A Very Long History Of Hostility Toward Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 2:43 PM

Friday night's attacks in Paris prompted a number of governors to announce plans to bar Syrian refugees over concerns about terrorism -- statements that echo decades of American hostility toward refugees.

Polls taken since the 1930s show that general suspicion of people fleeing international conflicts is, by now, a...

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Hillary Clinton Challenged For Defending Wall Street Donors By Citing 9/11

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 10:21 PM

When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took a swipe at Hillary Clinton for taking money from Wall...

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John Kasich Didn't Do Himself Any Favors At The Last GOP Debate

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Republicans' fourth primetime debate on Tuesday ended with a now-familiar winner's circle, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, while dealing a significant blow to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

As in the prior debate, Republican and Republican-leaning voters...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Why Reaching Latinos Is A Challenge For Pollsters

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 8:11 AM

THE CHALLENGES OF POLLING LATINOS - According to a report from Pew Research, Latinos make up nearly 18 percent of the country’s population, meaning they are a critical group for pollsters despite the challenges in polling the population. Anna Brown: “Surveying Hispanics is complicated for many...

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Most Americans Believe In The Bible. Fewer Care If Their President Does.

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 4:43 PM

Most Americans see the Bible as either the literal or the inspired word of God, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, but they're less likely to insist that a presidential nominee hold the same views.

The poll finds that a quarter of Americans think the Bible is the "actual word of God" and should be taken literally and word-for-word, while another 39 percent say the Bible is the "inspired word of God," even if it isn't meant to be taken literally. Another 26 percent say it's an ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts authored by men.

However, a solid 29 percent of respondents say it doesn't matter to them what a presidential candidate believes about the Bible, with another 11 percent saying they're not sure what effect it would have on their vote.

Religious beliefs have always played a role on the campaign trail. At the first Republican primary debate this year, candidates were asked whether they'd received word from God about their political priorities. More recently, retired neurosurgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson cited the Bible when defending his belief that Egypt's pyramids were built to store grain, rather than as tombs. That theory been dismissed by experts and isn't widely shared by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to which Carson belongs.

"Some people believe in the Bible like I do and don't find that to be silly at all, and believe that God created the earth and don't find that to be silly at all," Carson said. "The secular progressives try to ridicule it every time it comes up and they're welcome to do that."

Much of the public does share Carson's faith in some mainstream Biblical precepts. Forty-two percent of those polled said they believe the world was created in six days, with 37 percent saying it was not and the rest unsure. A 52 percent majority believes the end of the world will happen as predicted in the Book of Revelation, with 13 percent saying that this will occur in their lifetime.

But that doesn't mean people are equally on board with the pyramid theory: Just 4 percent of respondents said they think the pyramids were grain silos, while 72 percent believe they were used as tombs.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Nov. 10-11 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov's nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be found here. More details on the polls' methodology are available here.

Most surveys report a margin of error that represents some, but not all, potential survey errors. YouGov's reports include a model-based margin of error, which rests on a specific set of statistical assumptions about the selected sample, rather than the standard methodology for random probability sampling. If these assumptions are wrong, the model-based margin of error may also be inaccurate. Click here for a more detailed explanation of the model-based margin of...

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Americans Welcome Paul Ryan By Giving Congress Its Worst Rating Of The Year

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 2:26 PM

There's a new leader in the House of Representatives, but Congress is still America's favorite punching bag, according...

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Marco Rubio's Rivals Take Aim At His History On Immigration

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 12:02 PM

Republican rivals of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) criticized him Sunday for his history of support for immigration reform, highlighting an area of significant vulnerability for the presidential candidate as he rises in the polls.

Rubio, who worked with...

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Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton At Her Worst Would Be Better Than The GOP Candidate

(4) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tempered his recent critiques of Hillary Clinton in an interview on Sunday, while continuing to stress his political differences with the former secretary of state.

Sanders told the Boston Globe editorial board earlier this week that "I disagree with Hillary Clinton on virtually everything,"...

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Ben Carson Defends Himself Against Claims He Exaggerated His Life Story

(51) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 9:36 AM

GOP presidential contender and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson responded on Sunday to accusations that he exaggerated details of his life story, from claiming he was offered a full scholarship to West Point to recounting a time he was...

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