The Corner

Bachmann Falls to Fifth Place

Newt Gingrich has passed Michele Bachmann to land in fourth place in a new poll from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

Full results from the poll: Rick Perry (31 percent), Mitt Romney (18 percent), Ron Paul (11 percent), Gingrich (10 percent), Bachmann (9 percent), Herman Cain (8 percent), and  Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum (2 percent).

If the race was between just Perry and Romney, 49 percent would back Perry and 37 percent Romney. Fourteen percent are undecided.

Eighty percent of GOP voters surveyed support capital punishment, but only 22 percent believe it’s appropriate to cheer about the executions of convicted murderers, as some members of the audience did during the Reagan Library debate last week.

A third agree that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, as Perry has called it, while 53 percent disagree.

The poll’s margin of error is 4.4 percentage points.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More