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Just 28 Percent of Americans Call Helping Unions Organize ‘Very Important’ Obama Priority


Americans think it is very important that Barack Obama follow through on his promises to address problems in healthcare, energy, and the economy.

I was more intrigued by the priorities that were at the bottom of the list, the ones the smallest numbers of Americans were willing to characterize as “very important”: “lifting restrictions on government funding of embryonic stem-cell research (42%), closing the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects (32%), and making it easier for labor unions to organize (28%).” Ironically, it appears Obama may work fastest on these least-popular measures.

Increasing strength of military forces in Afghanistan was just above those at 43 percent, but interestingly, it had one of the highest partisan divides: 55 percent of Republicans support it, just 35 percent of Democrats.

Remember when Democrats insisted they didn’t oppose all wars, just the Iraq war? Well, turns out they’re losing their willingness to fight in Afghanistan, too…


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