Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Barack Obama holds a 3-point lead over Mitt Romney among registered voters nationwide, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The latest installment from AP/Gfk shows Obama earning the support of 47 percent of American voters, while Romney trails with 44 percent.  That's a far cry from Wednesday's Bloomberg poll, which showed Obama with a surprising 13-point edge over the presumptive Republican nominee.  The AP/Gfk survey illustrates a sharp divide among voters over which candidate would do more to repair the nation's economy: 46 percent believe Obama would do a better job handling the economy, compared with 45 percent who think Romney is a better choice on that front.  

The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama with a 1.7 percentage point advantage over Romney.

Eighteen percent of Americans say they would not support a well-qualified presidential candidate who is Mormon, according to a new poll from Gallup released Thursday.

That level of discrimination facing Mitt Romney, a former Mormon bishop, is virtually the same as it was when his father was preparing a presidential bid of his own.  Seventeen percent held a prejudice against Mormon presidential candidates in 1967.  George Romney, the late former governor of Michigan and father of the presumptive Republican nominee, ran for president in 1968.  

From Gallup:

The exact percentage of Americans who resist the idea of voting for a Mormon has varied slightly over the eight times Gallup has asked the question, typically when a Mormon was running for president, including George Romney (1968 campaign), Orrin Hatch (2000 campaign), and Mitt Romney (2008 and 2012 campaigns). The percentage opposed to a Mormon president has averaged 19% since 1967 -- from a low of 17% at several points to a high of 24% in 2007. The current 18% is down from 22% a year ago.

President Barack Obama holds a 6-point advantage over Mitt Romney in Wisconsin, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The latest survey from Marquette University Law School shows Obama earning the support of 49 percent of likely general election voters, compared with 43 percent who prefer Romney.  Democrats have carried Wisconsin in every presidential election since 1984 — including a convincing win for Obama over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) there in 2008 — but the Badger State has veered into battleground territory in the 2012 election cycle.  Republicans have been emboldened by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) decisive victory in the state's recent recall election and the Obama campaign surprised some observers when they identified the state as a toss-up earlier this month.

The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama with roughly a 3-point edge over Romney in Wisconsin.  

Florida voters remain cool on Republican Gov. Rick Scott but supportive of his directive to purge non-United States citizens from voter rolls, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The latest poll from Quinnipiac University shows Scott continuing to nurse a weak approval rating, with only 39 percent of Florida voters approving of the job the first-term governor is doing compared with 49 percent who disapprove. That's slightly down from Quinnpiac's previous poll last month, which also showed Scott with a negative approval rating. Scott, who was narrowly elected in 2010 over Democrat Alex Sink, has seen his popularity steadily drop since taking office.

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If the Supreme Court strikes down the health care reforms passed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, voters want leaders in Washington to begin work on new legislation immediately, a new poll released Wednesday shows.

The latest AP/Gfk poll shows that 77 percent of Americans want the president and Congress to begin start working on a new bill if the Supreme Court rules the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.  Only 19 percent prefer the health care system to be left alone.  

President Barack Obama has a surprising double-digit lead over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The results of the latest poll from Bloomberg run counter to virtually every other poll of the 2012 presidential race, which has long been considered to be a neck-and-neck contest.  But Bloomberg's poll shows Obama earning the support of 53 percent of likely voters, while Romney trails with 40 percent.  

The PollTracker Average still shows a a tight race, with Obama currently edging Romney by about 4-points.


A majority of voters in Washington support same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The results of the latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows 51 percent of Washington voters believe same-sex marriage should be legal, compared with 42 percent who believe it should be illegal. A state law legalizing same-sex marriage was passed earlier this year but is facing a November referendum.

PPP pressed deeper on the issue, asking voters whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to legally marry, form civil unions or be given no legal recognition at all. The overwhelming majority said that same-sex couples should be given at least some legal recognition, with 47 percent saying they should be allowed to marry and 30 percent saying they should be legally permitted to form civil unions but not marry. Twenty-one percent said same-sex couples should receive no legal recognition.

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BBC reports:

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seeking political asylum at Ecuador's London embassy, the country's foreign minister has said.

"Ecuador is studying and analysing the request," Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters in Quito.

President Barack Obama holds an 8-point lead over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Washington, according to a poll from Elway Research released Tuesday.  

The statewide poll of registered voters shows Obama earning the support of 49 percent, while Romney trails with 41 percent.  While that amounts to a 3-point gain for Romney since Elway's previous poll in February, the president's support has remained static.  Obama carried Washington handily over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008.

Elway conducted its poll on June 13-16.  It has a sample size of 408 registered voters and a margin of error of 5 percentage points.  

President Barack Obama's decision to suspend the deportation of some young illegal immigrants is a political winner with more than just Latino voters, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The latest poll from Bloomberg was conducted after the president's June 15 directive, which applies to undocumented immigrants under 30 years old who were brought to the United States before the age of 16, have been in the country for at least five years and graduated from high school, earned a GED or served in the military. In the nationwide survey, 64 percent of likely voters agree with the president's decision, while 30 percent disagree. Sixty-six percent of independents -- a crucial portion of the electorate that will likely decide the presidential race -- support the policy.

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