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Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a News Writer for Talking Points Memo based in New York City. A former research intern and polling fellow for TPM, Tom served as assistant polling editor for TPM Media's PollTracker during the 2012 campaign. Before joining TPM, he worked on political campaigns and wrote for various publications in Minnesota and his native South Dakota. Tom graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota in May of 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and History. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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A new poll released Wednesday shows President Barack Obama holding a solid 11-point lead in New Mexico, undermining a recent claim by Mitt Romney's campaign that the presidential race is tightening there.

Conducted by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the poll shows Obama earning the support 53 perent of likely New Mexico voters, while Romney trails with 42 percent support.  LCV has endorsed Obama in the 2012 election.

Neil Newhouse, a pollster for the Romney campaign, released a defensive memo earlier this week in an effort to rebut the notion that Obama has begun to pull away from his Republican challenger.  

In the memo, Newhouse cited a recent poll that was commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal, which showed Obama holding a 5-point edge over Romney in New Mexico.  While that poll did show a smaller lead for Obama than previous surveys, the president has still consistently held the upper-hand there and remains the clear favorite to pick up the state's five electoral votes — as evidenced by Wednesday's survey.  

The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama leading Romney by 9 points in New Mexico, 50.3 percent to 41.3 percent.  

 

 

A strong majority of Washington voters support a state initiative to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana, a poll released on Monday shows.

The latest poll from SurveyUSA, conducted on behalf of Seattle-based NBC affiliate KING-TV, shows that 57 percent of likely voters in the state support Initiative 502, which would legalize and regulate cultivation, distribution and possession of small amounts of marijuana for individuals 21 years and older.  Thirty-four percent are opposed.

Similar measures will also be brought to a vote in Colorado and Oregon this year.  

A Gallup poll conducted earlier this year found a majority of Libyans approved of the United States and favored the NATO mission that ultimately helped topple longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The survey, released last month and conducted between March and April of this year, showed that 54 percent of Libyan adults approved of the job performance of U.S. leadership, compared with 30 percent who disapproved.  The European Union and United Kingdom received comparable approval ratings in the poll.

Additionally, the poll showed that 75 percent of Libyans favored the 2011 NATO military intervention, while only 22 percent were opposed.

Andrew Cuomo remains one of the most popular governors in the country, a new poll released Wednesday shows.

The latest poll from Quinnipiac University shows that 70 percent of New Yorkers approve of the job their Democratic governor is doing, compared with a mere 16 percent who disapprove.  Elected in 2010, Cuomo has claimed lofty approval numbers for virtually his entire first term.  According to Quinnipiac, his lowest mark came in February of last year, when a still-impressive 56 percent of of New York voters approved of Cuomo's job performance.  

Cuomo's popularity transcends party lines, with 66 percent of Republicans and 73 percent of Democrats statewide approving of his job performance in Wednesday's poll.  He also boasts a minimum approval rating of 69 percent among independents, men, women, whites, African-Americans and Latinos.  Moreover, Cuomo is as widely approved in the more conservative upstate New York (68 percent) as he is in the liberal New York City metro region (70 percent).

The PollTracker Average currently places Cuomo's approval rating at 67.6 percent.

A majority of registered voters nationwide have a favorable opinion of President Barack Obama for the first time since the spring, according to a new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post released Wednesday.  

The poll shows that 52 percent of American voters view Obama favorably, compared with 45 percent who view him unfavorably.  That represents a marked turnaround from the previous ABC/WaPo survey released a week ago and conducted before the Democratic National Convention, which showed Obama's favorability rating under water.  It's also the highest mark for Obama's popularity since mid-April, when an ABC/WaPo showed the president's favorability rating at 54 percent.

Mitt Romney, meanwhile, continues to nurse a low level of personal popularity, with 44 percent viewing the Republican nominee favorably and 49 percent viewing him unfavorably.  Romney has battled a negative favorability rating in each ABC/WaPo poll since early January.   

The PollTracker Average currently mirrors Wednesday's poll, with Obama boasting a favorability rating of 52.4 percent that has been trending up over the last month.

When it comes to news regarding the nation's economy, Republicans and Democrats may as well be in different countries.

A new survey from Pew Research Center released Tuesday illustrates a sharp partisan divide over perceptions of news reports on the national economy.  Sixty percent of Republicans say they are hearing mostly bad news about the U.S. economy, compared with only 15 percent of Democrats who say the same.  Fittingly, independents fall between the two parties, with 36 percent saying they are hearing mostly bad economic news.  

The partisan differences apply to news on other parts of the economy.   Seventy-five percent of Republicans say they are hearing mostly bad news about the job situation, compared with just 34 percent of Democrats.  But the gap closes on the issue of gas prices: 89 percent of Republicans say they are hearing mostly bad news on that front, while 65 percent of Democrats concur.  

For only the second time since Gallup began tracking the head-to-head presidential match-up in 2012, President Barack Obama has reached the 50 percent threshold.

Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney among registered voters nationwide in Gallup's Tuesday release, 50 percent to 44 percent.  The last time either candidate polled that high was in the tracking period of April 21-26, when the president led Romney by 7 points, 50 percent to 43 percent.  Gallup began testing the match-up between Obama and Romney on April 11.  

Tuesday's release comes amid palpable signs that Obama earned a bounce from the Democratic National Convention.  The president had been polling at 49 percent over the last three days in Gallup's tracking, and a CNN poll released Monday showed Obama opening up a 6-point lead over Romney nationally.

Obama's approval rating also met the 50 percent mark in Tuesday's release, the fifth consectutive day at least half of respondents said they approve of the president's job performance in Gallup's tracking.

The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama holding nearly a 3-point lead over Romney, 48.6 percent to 45.8 percent.

  

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll out Tuesday shows President Barack Obama holding a slim advantage over Mitt Romney among likely voters -- a slight change from where the race stood before the Republican and Democratic conventions.

The poll, conducted entirely after the Democratic National Convention, shows Obama with a narrow 49-48 percent lead over Romney among likely voters. In the previous ABC/WaPo survey released late last month -- and conducted before each party's convention -- Romney held a 2-point edge among likely voters.

While Obama enjoyed a nominal 3-point bump among likely voters after the conventions, he saw a larger 7-point swing among the larger pool of registered voters. The new poll gives him a 50-44 percent lead among registered voters, compared with the last ABC/WaPo in late August that gave Romney a 47-46 percent lead.

The president's lagging support with likely voters has emerged as a trend over the last month, with many pollsters having shifted away from broader samples as the campaign moves to the final stretch, although he did claim a clear post-convention bounce in a new CNN poll released Monday.

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President Barack Obama claims a comfortable lead in Minnesota, a new poll released Tuesday shows.

According to the latest poll from SurveyUSA, conducted on behalf of Twin Cities ABC affiliate KSTP-TV, Obama leads Romney among likely voters in Minnesota, 50 percent to 40 percent.  The 10-point gap represents breathing room for Obama, who held a 6-point lead in SurveyUSA's previous poll of the North Star State in July.

Democrats have carried Minnesota in every presidential election cycle since 1972.  Obama picked up the state's 10 electoral votes in 2008, defeating Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by 10 points.  

Amid growing evidence that President Barack Obama earned a post-convention bounce, a new poll released Tuesday shows that voters think the Democrats put on a better confab than the Republicans.  

The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), conducted on behalf of Daily Kos and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), shows that 49 percent of likely voters nationwide believe that the Democrats had a more successful convention, compared with 35 percent who think the Republican convention was more successful. 

Obama opened up a 6-point lead in a new CNN poll released Monday, perhaps the strongest sign yet that the incumbent benefitted from his party's gathering in Charlotte, N.C. far more than Mitt Romney did from the Republican National Convention held in Tampa, Fla. the week before.  

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