Admiring the Rich?: The Pew Research Center updated many of the organization’s key trends on values in a substantial April poll. In the poll, 88 percent said they admired people who get rich by working hard (11 percent disagreed). In a separate question, 27 percent said they admired rich people (67 percent disagreed.)
Job Opportunities and Women: In the Pew poll, 51 percent said that women get fewer opportunities than men for good jobs. Forty-six percent disagreed. The “disagree” response is the highest it has been since Pew first asked the question in 2002.
Labor Pains: In Pew’s poll, 64 percent said labor unions are necessary to protect the working person (33 percent disagreed). In the next question, 57 percent thought they had too much power (37 percent disagreed).
Haven’t Heard Enough: Many polls of swings states show a close presidential race. But opinions could change. Several polls this week show many still haven’t made up their minds about Mitt Romney. According to Quinnipiac, 22 percent of registered voters in Connecticut hadn’t heard enough about him to say whether they viewed him favorably or unfavorably. Twenty-one percent had the same response in Virginia. Twenty-four percent of Pennsylvania voters told Franklin and Marshall pollsters that they were undecided about having a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the presumptive Republican nominee. In an NBC/Marist poll of registered voters in Ohio, 14 percent were undecided or didn’t have an opinion about Mitt Romney.
Sugar High: In a new Marist poll of New York City residents, 53 percent think Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces is a bad idea. Forty-two percent think it’s a good one. In the five boroughs, only Manhattan residents showed more support than opposition to the proposal.
Fifty-three percent of NYC residents also described the ban as the government going too far. Forty-two percent said it was good health policy to fight the problem of obesity.
Fahrenheit 451: Ray Bradbury, who died this Tuesday, is perhaps best known for the book Fahrenheit 451, which is set in a future in which books are banned. In a recent Pew poll, 40 percent of Americans favored banning books with “dangerous ideas.” This response is down 13 points from 2002. Hispanics (61 percent), white evangelicals (52 percent), and members of the silent generation (51 percent) all had high levels of support for banning dangerous books.
Savvy Seniors: In a new Pew Internet poll, 53 percent of people 65 and older said they used the Internet or e-mail. The new data represent the first time that half of seniors are going online.
Wisconsin Preview: In the Wisconsin recall exit poll, political independents said that if the presidential election was held today, they would back Obama over Romney 59 percent to 37 percent.