Friday, May 22, 2009

Polls for Senators and Dick Cheney

It’s Friday, May 22, 2009. Here’s what we’re looking at:

Public Policy Polling has released approval ratings for several senators, most of whom have an election coming up in 2010. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) leads the pack with 62% approval and 25% disapproval. On the bottom is Roland Burris (D-IL) with 17% approval, 62% disapproval.

As America gets ready for the upcoming health care debate, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is putting the finishing touches on a PR campaign against President Obama’s plan for a public plan. A detailed outline of their upcoming ads can be found here. Paul Krugman sounds off against them and encourages the administration to stay strong.

Everyone knows that former VP Dick Cheney has been in the news a lot lately, but what do Americans think about it? Actually, a new CNN poll finds that his favorability rating is on the rise: up from 29% to 37% since he left office. Granted, 55% still have an unfavorable view of him. The poll also tracks Bush’s new favorability rating.

But despite this growing support, Republican politicians are trying to distance themselves from Cheney.

Finally, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) has introduced the most blogged-about piece of legislation in the 111th Congress: a resolution to get 2010 declared the “Year of the Bible”.

Our favorite take on it comes from Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): “Does that mean 2009 is not the year of the Bible? What is 2012 the year of? The Quran?”

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