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    A rare gene variant that typically appears in Amish communities may hold the key to preventing heart disease, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The study found that those that have this particular gene, known as B4GALT1, appear to have lower levels of heart-damaging cholesterol, as well as a blood-clotting protein called fibrinogen.  Less than one in 10,000 people have this gene, yet amazingly 12 percent of the Pennsylvania Amish community in Lancaster County carry the gene variant.   Past studies on the gene revealed that certain mutations can change one's cholesterol levels, too much of which can cause clogged arteries and cardiovascular diseases, which remains the leading cause of death worldwide.  Researchers involved in the study claim this is the first time scientists have isolated a gene that lowers two different yet equally important heart disease risk factors.   Amazingly, 12 percent of the Pennsylvania Amish community in Lancaster County, pictured, carry the gene variant Those that have this particular gene, known as B4GALT1, pictured, appear to have lower levels of heart-damaging cholesterol, as well as a blood-clotting...
    Most voters say the federal government does not have the authority to mandate coronavirus vaccines, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday found. The survey asked, “Federal courts have ruled against President Joe Biden’s policy of making COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for certain employees. Should the federal government have the power to make vaccination mandatory?” Most, 57 percent, said “no,” the government does not have that power, while 35 percent said “yes,” and eight percent said “not sure.”  The vast majority of Republicans, 81 percent, said the government does not have that power, and 63 percent of independents agree. However, most Democrats, 59 percent, believe the government does, in fact, have the power to make the coronavirus vaccination mandatory: 57% of voters don’t believe the federal government should have the power to make vaccination mandatory, Only 35% do.@POTUS#breakingpoll#VaccineMandates#sideeffectshttps://t.co/Syd818grUB pic.twitter.com/YjnoiD2lOj — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) December 3, 2021 The survey, taken December 1-2, 2021, among 1,000 U.S. likely voters, has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. In September, Biden announced his decision to direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop...
    More than half of Americans who lost their jobs in the pandemic and remain unemployed are not interested in returning to work, according to a new survey suggesting that the dire national labor shortage is likely to persist. The poll published on Thursday by the US Chamber of Commerce found that 53 percent of Americans who became unemployed during the pandemic say they are not active or only somewhat active in looking for work.  Fifty-six percent say they can get by for more than six months before it becomes essential to return to full time work, with 11 percent saying it will be more than a year before it is necessary to return to work, and 15 percent saying it will never be essential.  No detail was given on whether this cohort was comprised of retirees, or how they'll manage to survive without a job.   The poll is a troubling signal amid a worker shortage that is exacerbating supply chain issues and spurring inflation, with businesses across the country struggling to fill millions of open positions. As of September, the number...
    Los Angeles residents say the city's homelessness crisis is the biggest problem it currently faces, with many saying they feel unsafe as a result - and that they're now considering moving.   A whopping 94 percent of people living in the City of Angels say homelessness is a serious or very serious problem. It was the biggest concern among residents polled, ahead of housing affordability, or traffic, air quality and climate change.  Four in 10 Los Angeles residents have cited the city's homelessness problem as a main cause for feeling unsafe in their communities, with one in five people saying they would consider moving to escape the problem, a new poll revealed. Four in 10 Los Angeles residents have cited the city's homelessness problem as a main cause for feeling unsafe in their communities (Pictured: A homeless encampment in Venice Beach) The poll, which was conducted by the The Los Angeles Times and the ​​city's Business Council Institute and surveyed 906 registered voters, revealed that many LA County residents were disappointed with regional leadership, rising senses of disorder and routinely finding urine and...
              moreby Andrew Trunsky   Almost 80% of Americans say that inflation is impacting them personally, a new poll shows, with 57% blaming President Joe Biden. The Yahoo News/YouGov poll also found that inflation was the top issue on Americans’ minds, with 17% saying so. Additionally, just a small minority of Americans, 18%, say that Biden is doing enough to address inflation, which is at its highest rate in decades. Prices jumped 6.2% since last October, the highest rate in three decades. Contributing to the spikes is the increased demand for goods as the United States emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to supply chain bottlenecks and product shortages ahead of the holiday season. Just over 50% of Americans said that they were concerned that they “won’t be able to afford what they need during the holidays due to inflation,” while 45% said that they “won’t be able to get what they need” because of shortages, the poll showed. Poll results also placed Biden’s approval rating at 43%, mirroring other recent polls that reflect a decline since mid-August. Despite growing concerns over...
    A supermajority of Americans surveyed say parents are the primary educators of their children and should have the “final say” in the content of what their children are taught in public schools. A survey conducted by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty this week revealed 63 percent of respondents believe “parents should have the final say … and should be able to opt out of morally objectionable or inappropriate content,” while 37 percent say, “public schools should have the final say” with no “opt out” for parents. “Majorities of Democrat, Independent, and Republican respondents all sided with this opinion, though to varying degrees,” the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty noted, adding: Among Democrats, a slight majority, 52 percent, sided with this opinion, compared with 64 percent of Independents and 74 percent of Republicans. Whether respondents had children in the home or not had little impact on opinion—66 percent of those who had children in the home sided with this opinion compared to 61 percent of those without children. The question was part of the Becket Fund’s third annual Religious Freedom...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that the U.S. will experience a flu season this year. Most states are reporting low or minimal flu activity and not very many cases have been reported to date.  During the 2020-21 season, there were very few infections reported in the country due to strict lockdowns, widespread mask-wearing, school and business closures and social distancing measures in place. But with fewer children vaccinated against influenza compared to last year and outbreaks already seen on college campuses, federal officials told CNN that there will be a flu season, even if not as bad as past seasons. CDC officials are warning there will be a flu season this year because vaccination rates are lagging compared to last year and there have been outbreaks on college campuses (file image) The CDC's weekly influenza report finds that 0.7% of all tests this week have been confirmed to be the flu and cases are slowing rising 'Overall flu activity is still really low. It's starting to creep up just a little bit,' Lynnette Brammer, lead...
    The number of Americans who rank economic issues as the nation’s top problem has reached the highest point since the pandemic began, Gallup poll said Monday. The latest survey found that 26 percent of Americans view economic issues—such as inflation, unemployment, and general economic conditions—as a top priority. At the same time, Gallup’s measure of economic confidence has been plunging for five months. The latest data shows confidence at a negative 29, close to the worst levels of negative 32 and negative 33 hit in April 2020. Inflation is high and rising, pushing up prices at a record pace and a wide variety of goods and services. The average cost for a Thanksgiving Day dinner will be up by 14 percent, according to the Farm Bureau. The most frequently mentioned specific economic issues are the economy in general terms at 10 percent and inflation at seven percent. Unemployment was next at five percent.  No other economic matters—such as the federal budget deficit, income inequality, or fuel or oil prices—exceed 1 percent, according to Gallup. Inflation concerns are at their highest...
    Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaTlaib 'fearful' as social spending plan heads to Senate Sinema: 'Keep telling me what you think. I appreciate it' GOP senator: Democrats can only get funding for 'giveaway programs' from the middle class MORE (D-Ariz.) could be in serious trouble with Democratic voters when she goes up for reelection in 2024.  A new Arizona Public Opinion Pulse conducted by the Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights found that nearly three-quarters of Arizona Democratic voters – 72 percent – want a Democrat other than Sinema as their U.S. senator. Only 26 percent say they would prefer Sinema. That finding bears out when Sinema’s strength is tested against a handful of potential primary rivals.  In a hypothetical matchup, Sinema trails Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoCornyn says he 'would be surprised' if GOP tries to unseat Sinema in 2024 Democrats inch closer to passing spending package Hispanic Democrats campaigning on infrastructure deal MORE (D-Ariz.) 24 percent to 47 percent, according to the poll. Likewise, Rep. Greg StantonGregory (Greg) John StantonHouse GOP campaign arm expands target list after brutal night for Dems Sinema trails...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A stunning 58 percent of voters in Arizona say they don’t want former President Donald Trump to run for reelection in 2024 — including more than a third of Republicans in the state. President Joe Biden defeated Trump in the state by a narrow but conclusive margin of less than a percentage point — a victory that has been confirmed by the pro-Trump “audit” that actually added to the margin. But just over a year later, a very large majority of the state’s voters don’t even want him to run next time. OH Predictive Insights’ Arizona Public Opinion Pulse poll, released earlier this week, included sobering news all around. Respondents were asked “Should Donald Trump run for President in 2024?” Among all respondents, 58 percent responded either “Probably Not” (47%) or “Definitely Not” (11%). Only 31 percent responded “Definitely Yes” (20%) or “Probably Yes” (11%). Among independents, those totals were within a point or two of the overall number, while Democrats overwhelmingly (87 percent) said Trump should not run again.   OH Predictive Insights But even among...
    A majority of white women without college degrees still believe that Donald Trump did not lose the 2020 election by a legitimate vote in a new poll, showing that cries of Stop the Steal continue to resonate around the country.   The survey, conducted between November 14 and 16 by The Economist/YouGov poll, asked 339 white women without college degrees  and 209 degree-holding white women whether Joe Biden 'legitimately won the election, or not?' There were 51 percent of white women without college degrees who answered no, compared with just 29 percent of college-educated white women who said Trump was robbed, pollsters found.   The poll also showed that 10 percent of non-college educated white women thought it was 'very likely' and another 8 percent felt it was 'somewhat likely' that Trump would be reinstated before the end of the year, compared to just 9 percent of college-educated white women who thought the scenario was possible.   Of the college-educated white women, just 29 percent felt that Biden had 'stolen' the 2020 election. A whopping 51 percent of white women without college degrees...
    Most say President Joe Biden has done “not much” or “nothing” since taking office, an ABC News/Washington Post survey released this week found. “Biden has been president for about ten months. Would you say he has accomplished a great deal during that time, a good amount, not very much or little or nothing?” the survey asked. Overall, 63 percent said Biden has done “not much” or “little or nothing.” Of those, 45 percent said he has done “little or nothing. Just over a quarter, 27 percent, said Biden has done a “good amount,” while eight percent said he has done a “great deal”: Biden has been president for about ten months. Would you say he has accomplished a great deal during that time, a good amount, not very much or little or nothing? Great deal/Good amount 35%Not much/nothing 63% .@ABC/@washingtonpost, 1,001 Adults 11/7-10https://t.co/ahn7RbOukw — Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) November 16, 2021 The survey also found that 59 percent are either “very” or “somewhat” concerned that Biden will “do too much to increase the size and role of government in U.S. society.”...
    A plurality of registered voters think President Joe Biden is not “mentally fit,” while only 40 percent believe he “is in good health,” a Politico/Morning Consult poll revealed Wednesday. The poll indicated only 46 percent believe Biden is mentally fit and 48 percent do not, a two-point negative margin. Compared to polling numbers in 2020, when Biden was able to hide from the establishment media during the presidential campaign, “voters believed he was mentally fit by a 21-point margin.” The poll also asked voters if they believe Biden “is in good health,” with only 40 percent agreeing while 50 percent did not. “That 10-percentage-point gap — outside the poll’s margin of error — represents a massive 29-point shift since October 2020, when Morning Consult last surveyed the question and found voters believed Biden was in good health by a 19-point margin,” Politico acknowledged. WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 12: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House November 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden discussed the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. (Photo...
    A majority of voters say they want someone besides Biden to run in 2024 in a poll taken between November 9 and 10 A majority of American voters want President Joe Biden to step aside and make way for a new commander-in-chief in 2024, a new poll released on Tuesday finds.  It's the latest devastating public rebuke of the 78-year old Democrat, whose poll numbers have been on a steady downward slope since he took office.  About 61 percent of American voters surveyed for the latest Hill/HarrisX poll say Biden should step aside for another figure to run for president in the next White House race.  Less than a quarter - 24 percent - have said he should run again, and 15 percent said they were unsure.  His largest share of support comes from Democrats, though not even half of them want him to run again.  Forty-five percent of Democratic voters polled want Biden to mount a 2024 White House bid, while a close 37 percent want him to step aside.  Among Republicans the anti-Biden sentiment is overwhelming; 87 percent...
    As public school cancellations abound across the nation, districts are citing “fatigue” and the need for teacher “mental health day[s]” as the cause for staffing shortages despite the fact that many teachers have been home for over a year due to the coronavirus, according to Fox News. Colorado Education Association President Amy Baca-Oehler told USA Today that “there’s an overwhelming sense of exhaustion” amid some Denver-area schools returning to remote learning as a way to mitigate the effects of slim staffing. “The reality is that these districts just don’t feel they have any other options than canceling school for the day,” Baca-Oehler said. But as Fox News reports, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington, and Maryland have also seen major issues with staffing, as, for example, 600 Seattle teachers requested the Friday after Veterans Day off. While the district blamed the request on “the fatigue that educators and students are experiencing, locally and nationwide, 11 weeks into the return to in-class learning,” a sentiment felt nationwide by parents is that teachers “care about themselves more than they care about the kids,” per one...
    Most Americans do not believe the Biden Administration is doing enough to address the supply chain crisis, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday found. The survey asked respondents if the Biden administration is “doing enough to fix problems with the U.S. supply chain.” A majority, 59 percent, said no, followed by 27 percent who said yes and 14 percent who remain unsure. A majority of Republicans and independents, 84 percent and 63 percent, respectively, do not believe the Biden administration is doing enough. One-third of Democrats share that sentiment.  Across the board, 82 percent are concerned that the supply chain crisis could lead to shortages of “food and other basic supplies.” Of those, 49 percent are “very” concerned. There is no true partisan divide on that, as a majority of Republicans (93 percent), Democrats (73 percent), and independents (80 percent) are concerned. The survey, taken November 10-11, 2021, among 1,000 likely voters, has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.  The survey follows news this week of a record number of cargo ships, 164, waiting off the coast of California...
    Despite having the highest vaccination rate in the country, Vermont has been dealing with a dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases. Infections have risen by 55 percent over the last two weeks to an average of about 300 per day, according to a recent report from the state's Department of Financial Regulation. Yet 80.9 percent of the state's total population has had at least one dose - second only to Massachusetts - and 71.8 percent are fully vaccinated, higher than anywhere else, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So why is The Green Mountain State facing its worst Covid surge? Experts say there are a few reasons for this including low vaccination rates among younger people, college students gathering unmasked for Halloween parties, and not enough residents with natural immunity.  Vermont is the most vaccinated state in the nation with 80.9% of the population with one dose and 71.8% fully vaccinated but cases are surging (file image) A new report finds that Covid cases have risen 55% over the last two weeks to an average...
    BOSTON (CBS) — CDC researchers found that more flu shots were administered during the pandemic in 2020 than in the prior two years. So is that why the flu season was so mild last year? In large part, yes. We were also masking up and social distancing. READ MORE: Homeschooled Kids Less Likely To Attend College Than Those In Public SchoolBut the researchers found that flu vaccination rates jumped nine percent between September and December in 2020 compared to 2018 and 2019, largely due to warnings by health officials of a possible “twin-demic” of both the flu and COVID-19. READ MORE: 13-Year-Old Says Strangers Shot Friend As They Walked From Bus Stop In Hyde ParkBut the news wasn’t all good, especially for the youngest children. MORE NEWS: Revere Residents 'Totally Petrified' By Pack Of CoyotesAmong children, only teens had a bump in the number of flu shots given. Immunizations actually fell as much as 14 percent in children between the ages of six months and four years. It’s possible that many parents didn’t think their young kids were at much...
    Just over a quarter of Americans say they will not get vaccinated or remain unsure, an Economist/YouGov survey released this week found. The survey, taken November 6-9, 2021, among 1,500 U.S. adults, asked respondents to detail their “personal situation” regarding coronavirus vaccines. While a vast majority, 63 percent, indicated they were fully vaccinated and another six percent said they began the process, 19 percent said they will “not get vaccinated.” Another seven percent said they are “not sure” about getting the jab, leaving over a quarter of Americans withstanding outside pressure to get the vaccine at this point in time.  Overall, 29 percent of Republicans said they will not get the shot — a sentiment held by 22 percent of independents and five percent of Democrats. Trump voters are far more likely than Biden voters to say they are not getting the shot, 30 percent to four percent.  The survey also asked respondents to gauge where they believe America is in the current pandemic. A plurality, 46 percent, said the “worst part of the pandemic is behind us,” while 16 percent...
    A far-left advocacy group wants to convince you to joyously embrace the decades-high inflation currently gripping the U.S. economy. “Is inflation running rampant? No,” says Rakeen Mabud, identified chief economist of an outfit called the Groundwork Collective that is sponsored by a dark money leftwing funding group, in a video posted to Twitter by a different leftist group called Invest in America. “So these one-time price increases are the result of returning consumer demand and a sign of economic recovery.” She goes on to say that inflation is a “really good sign.” Anne Price, a colleague at yet another leftwing pressure group called the Insight Center, appears in the video to say that the “reality is that mildly elevated inflation is actually a signal that things are going well.” REMINDER: Inflation is always complicated, often harmless, and sometimes even a good thing! But don’t take it from us — here’s @Rakeen_Mabud, @AnnePriceICCED, and @Jhumpa_B debunking some of the GOP’s inflation disinformation: pic.twitter.com/SQvr7MdbWX — Invest in America (@InvestNowUSA) November 10, 2021 Mildly elevated? Inflation is running at the worst level in...
    One in five residents in Dallas say they have no intention of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, with more than half of that group saying nothing can change their mind, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. The study compared COVID-19 vaccine acceptance nationwide to those in metropolitan areas. Researchers surveyed over 6,000 people nationwide and sent the same survey to four major U.S. cities: Dallas, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. Researchers found that about 19 percent of Dallas residents were opposed to COVID-19 vaccination, which is close to the national average of 21.4 percent. New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago polled significantly lower, with only 10 to 12 percent opposed to vaccines.  Half of the unvaccinated group in Dallas said nothing will change their minds. Reassurance from family members or recommendations from doctors were reported “unlikely” to change this opinion, according to the study.  The main reason for the hesitancy was "waiting to see if there are no serious complications." Jeffrey Lazarus, a professor at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health at University of Barcelona in Spain and co-author...
    A new Gallup poll reveals that nearly one in three Americans say drug use has been a problem in their families. The survey found that 32 percent of Americans say drugs have been the cause of trouble in their families. That percentage has steadily increased since the survey giant began examining the issue. In the mid- to late-90s, approximately 18 percent of respondents said that drugs were a problem in their families. When Gallup revisited the question in 2010, the results showed an 11-percent increase. The most significant increase in the new survey came from Americans living in rural areas and those in high-income households, which both rose by 11 percent. However, the drug problem has increased across all demographic groups, Gallup noted.  Americans also have been more likely to describe the drug problem in the United States as "extremely" or "very serious" than characterize their local areas in the same way. While 64 percent now say the nation has an extremely or very serious drug problem, only 31 percent of respondents agree for their local area. Gallup surveyed 823 adults between Oct. 1-19. The results have a margin of error of 4 percentage points. Tags Drugs poll Gallup
    Ready For 100% Pinellas On Tuesday, The Pinellas Board of County Commission unanimously passed a resolution to commit the county transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for the entire community by 2050. The resolution also says that the county’s operations should be green by 2040. In a press release, Sierra Club Florida said that this makes Pinellas the first county in Florida to vote for this commitment, and that the county will incorporate these goals into its forthcoming Sustainability and Resiliency Action Plan.  The resolution emphasizes inclusion and transparency in the planning process which will establish interim milestones, budget estimates, equity metrics and financing mechanisms with community residents and stakeholders over the next two years. “We need to quickly move forward,” Janet Long, Pinellas County Commissioner for District 1 said upon the resolution’s passing. “What we’re doing here today isn’t for us, it’s for our kids, and our grandchildren. ”  There are aspects of the resolution worth celebrating, but getting there will involve privately owned utility companies cooperating, which could present a challenge for environmentalists who championed the resolution.  “We...
    CNN’s John King highlighted President Joe Biden’s flagging poll numbers on Monday, which have taken a hit even according to that network’s pollsters. “Forty-eight percent of Americans approve, right now, of the job President Biden is doing,” King noted in a Monday segment featuring the results of a CNN poll conducted Nov. 1-4. The same poll found 52 percent of respondents saying they disapproved of Biden’s performance. The number who disapprove of Biden’s performance has risen steadily since March, according to CNN’s pollsters. Forty-one percent said they did not view his performance favorably that month. The figure fell to 48 percent in September, a month after the United States withdrew from Afghanistan. It fell an additional 4 percent in subsequent months amid economy frailty, high unemployment, and Biden’s effort to impose a vaccine mandate on American workers. “Here’s the problem: Many Americans see a disconnect between what the president focuses on and what they are most worried about,” King noted, highlighting the fact that 52 percent of respondents said Biden wasn’t focused on the “the right priorities.” Just 36 percent...
    A poll released Monday showed a majority of Americans believe President BidenJoe BidenBiden slams Nicaragua's 'sham elections,' calls Ortegas autocrats Amtrak chief outlines expansion plans with infrastructure spending Former Goldman Sachs boss weighs in on infrastructure vote: 'Progressives blinked' MORE has not devoted enough attention to what they view as the nation's most important issue. A CNN poll, which was conducted before the passage of a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, found 58 percent of those surveyed do not think Biden has paid enough attention to the most important problems facing the country. The same poll found 48 percent of adults approve of Biden's job performance, while 52 percent disapprove. The poll found 36 percent of those surveyed said the state of the economy is the most critical problem for the country, the most of any issue. Of those respondents, 72 percent Biden hasn't paid enough attention to the right issues. However, among the 20 percent who pegged the coronavirus pandemic as the biggest issue, 79 percent said Biden is prioritizing the right topics. The poll found 14 percent say immigration is...
    A majority of Americans believe that President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda will have either no impact or a negative impact on their lives, with a full plurality believing the impact will be negative. Meanwhile, 50 percent of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job performance. The November Emerson College national poll found that while 50 percent of Americans disapprove of Biden’s job as president, only 41 percent approve. This marks a drastic reversal from Biden’s February polling, in which 49 percent approved of his job performance, and 39 percent disapproved. Seemingly the most important in the poll, however, is a revelation regarding Biden’s agenda, which congressional Democrats are attempting to pass out of Congress again this week. Thirty-nine percent of Americans believe the Build Back Better bill would have a negative impact on their lives, while 34 percent believe that it would have a positive impact, 16 percent will believe it will have no impact, and 11 remain unsure. That means a majority–55 percent–believe that Biden’s and Democrats’ agenda will have either no or a negative impact on their...
    In one of the largest estimations of how many people identify as non-heterosexual, a 120-page study from a Christian University reveals nearly four in ten young adults count themselves as LGBTQ. Religion and culture researcher, evangelical pollster, and now professor at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, George Barna's Cultural Research Center has just published a report focused on Millennials. Among its findings: 39% of those 18-24 identify as LGBTQ, and 25% of those 25-37 do as well. Overall, "nearly one-third of the Millennial cohort (30 percent) describes itself as LGBTQ." Barna says that represents "roughly three times the proportion identified among the combined older adults of the nation." One-third of Millennials say they believe in God. 40 percent identify as liberal or progressive, just 29 percent as conservative. "A record-breaking 40 percent of young adults fit the 'Don'ts' category," says Barna, which he defines as "People who don't know if God exists, don't care if God exists, or don't believe that He exists." There are more statistical surprises in Barna's report. The largest groups who identify as LGBTQ are those...
    A majority of former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s supporters believe photo IDs should be required to vote, according to a poll conducted Tuesday — the night of Virginia’s gubernatorial election, where Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated his Democrat opponent. In the survey, Rasmussen found 81 percent of Virginians believe that a photo ID should be required for voting. While an astounding majority of Glenn Youngkin’s supporters — 94 percent — believe photo IDs should be required to vote, 66 percent of McAuliffe’s voters agree, suggesting that basic photo ID requirements are widely popular among the American electorate, even as corporate media routinely depict them as racist. The survey also identified the top issues among Virginia voters. For Youngkin’s voters, the top issues were education, immigration, inflation, and the economy. Meanwhile, McAuliffe’s supporters identified the top issues as COVID, education, inflation, and the economy. Overall, 52 percent of voters said the economy is getting “worse.” While some respondents view the Virginia race, in which Youngkin emerged victorious, as a referendum on President Joe Biden’s policies, even more in the poll consider it a win...
    Children in the United States are much more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than children in England. American kids under age 18 are being newly admitted to hospitals with the virus at a rate up to four times higher than youngsters in England, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of publicly available data. This is despite the UK experiencing another wave of infections and having one of the highest seven-day incidence rates of Covid in the world. Health experts tell DailyMail.com that neither masks nor vaccination rates explain the disparity because face coverings are not required in any schools in England and the U.S. has higher rates of vaccinations among kids. Instead, they point to more widespread testing in the UK, which has outpaced the U.S., and higher rates of chronic conditions such as obesity, which increases the risk of Covid-related hospitalization.  From September 30 to October 6, between 0.07 children per 100,000 and 0.19 per 100,000 in England were being admitted to hospitals with Covid. Over the same time period, between 0.29 and 0.33 per 100,000 children in the...
    A majority of parents who are hesitant to get their child vaccinated against COVID-19 fear potential side effects of the vaccine. The Week 39 Household Pulse survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and  published on Wednesday, asked parents of children aged 12 to 17 - who were unsure or definitely did not plan to get their child vaccinated - their reasons for hesitation. More than two-thirds, 69 percent, reported they were concerned about side-effects, while one in every four parents said they were not sure if their children needed the shot. Until this week, children aged 12 to 17 were the youngest age group eligible for the vaccine, though regulators made the decision to expand vaccine authorization to children aged five to 11 earlier this week. Many parents have been undecided on vaccinating their children because kids rarely get severely ill and make up less than 0.1 percent of all Covid deaths in the U.S.  A majority of parents that do not have plans to get their child aged 12 to 17 vaccinated for Covid cite concerns about side...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — World leaders met in Scotland Monday in order to accelerate plans to curb climate change. Experts in Minnesota say the state is already grappling with its effects. Data shows that Minnesota has warmed three degrees in the last 125 years. Annual precipitation has increased by 3.4 inches. READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Eagles To Hold Media Availability Ahead Of Week 9 Matchup Against Los Angeles Chargers“You don’t have to look very far to see something in your life that you care about—whether that’s economic impacts; impacts to your community’s infrastructure; your ability to have clean, safe drinking water; your ability to go recreate in our forests or lovely lakes,” said Heidi Roop, an assistant professor of climate science at the University of Minnesota. “This iconic Minnesota is at risk from a changing climate and we’re already seeing those changes unfold before our eyes.” State climatologist Kenneth Blumenfeld said the main symptoms of a warming planet felt in Minnesota are warmer temperatures, especially during winter, and extreme precipitation. Each of the top 10 combined warmest and wettest years on record...
    Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images A new Marist poll shows the percentage of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Americans who do not want President Joe Biden to be the nominee in 2024 is higher than those who do. Forty-four percent of these respondents say someone other than Biden has the best chance to win in 2024. Just 36% said Biden has a better chance, while 20% are unsure. Meanwhile, 50% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters said Trump gives the GOP the best chance to win in 2024. Thirty-five percent said the party should nominate someone else, while 14% are unsure. The numbers are troubling for Biden, who has seen his overall approval rating sink to the low forties. In the Marist poll, his approval rating among all respondents was just 44%, with 49% disapproving of the way he’s handling the presidency. That tracks with a recent NBC News survey that had Biden at a 42% approval rating. Respondents were also asked about election integrity. Sixty-two percent of Americans say they will trust the results of the 2024 presidential election even if their preferred...
    More than two-thirds of Americans think the economy is in poor condition and nearly half think it will get worse over the next year, according to polling results released Monday. After holding steady but consistently negative throughout the spring and summer, the public’s opinion of the U.S. economy suffered a dramatic downturn last month, a poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs showed. Earlier, 54 percent said the economy was poor and 45 percent said it was good. In October, the share saying poor jumped to 65 percent. Both Democrats and Republicans turned sharply to the negative. Fifty-five percent of Democrats think the economy is doing well, down from 63 percent in September. And while Republicans have held a negative view of the national economy since President Biden was inaugurated, in the latest poll, only 15 percent describe the economy as good, half the September number. Forty-seven percent of Americans expect the national economy to worsen over the next year, with just 30 percent expecting improvement. Just ten percent of Republicans expect improvement. Even among Democrats, only 51 percent...
    MICROSOFT, Google, and Facebook are among the top brands used by unscrupulous scammers in phishing attacks, experts say. A study conducted by researchers at Checkpoint revealed that hackers impersonating Microsoft accounted for 29 percent of all global phishing attacks between July and September. 2Microsoft is among the top brands used by unscrupulous scammers in phishing attacks, data shows Scammers imitating Amazon and Google accounted for 13 percent and six percent of all phishing attacks over the three-month period. Social media platforms Facebook, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp made the list of top ten of the most imitated brands for the first time, according to Komando. Scammers try to use recognizable brands to lure their unsuspecting victims into providing their personal details. Researchers at Checkpoint say hackers reportedly sent unsuspecting LinkedIn users a phishing email that read:  “You have a new LinkedIn business invitation from…” The email directs users to a fake LinkedIn website where scammers expect Americans to enter their personal details. If users enter their personal information then hackers can steal their data. Scammers also tend to use the keywords “required”, “message”,...
    A new poll by NPR has found that only 33 percent of Republicans trust that the 2024 elections will be fair. The poll found that most Americans do trust that the elections will be fair, but that GOP voters are far less likely to think so. The results come after an unprecedented effort by former President TrumpDonald TrumpStunning survey gives grim view of flourishing anti-democratic opinions Southwest investigating report pilot said 'Let's go Brandon' on flight Texas police refused requests to escort Biden bus surrounded by Trump supporters: report MORE and his supporters to cast doubt on last year's election, an effort that culminated in the Jan. 6 attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol that interrupted the counting of the Electoral College. Fifty-eight percent of those polled overall said they trusted elections in the U.S. a great deal or a good amount. Yet while 90 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Independents trust elections, just a third of GOP voters did. GOP voters without a college education were also far less likely to trust elections than those with a college...
    Three out of every 10 Republicans believe the United States is so far gone that violence might be the only way to save it, according to a new poll released late last month. The national survey taken by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that the fallout from January 6 Capitol riot may still be polarizing Americans more than nine months after it occurred.  Out of the 30 percent of Republicans who agreed that 'true American patriots might have to resort to violence in order to save our country,' 39 percent also held the belief that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.  Republicans who back baseless election fraud theories are about four times more likely to call for 'patriotic' violence than those who don't. And 40 percent of those calling for uprising get their news from 'far-right' sources such as OAN and Newsmax. Nearly one in 5 Americans - 18 percent - agreed with the need for violence in general, with 11 percent of Democrats and 17 percent of Independents saying so as well. 'Democracy is at a...
    President Joe Biden is heading into the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow with high hopes, while back home, the majority of Americans are unhappy with how he's representing them and unsure about the path he's guiding the country on, a new poll released Sunday suggests. Biden's approval rating among voting-age Americans has slipped to just 42 percent in the latest NBC News poll, nine months into his presidency. That's down from 49 percent in August, and 11 points lower than the outlet's first survey in April, when 53 percent of Americans approved of him.  His disapproval rating has surged past 50 percent - to 54 - for the first time since NBC began keeping track of Biden's presidency.  The last survey in August saw 48 percent of Americans unhappy with the 78-year-old Democrat's job in office. Just 39 percent disapproved in April. Forty-six percent of people polled said they 'strongly disapprove' of Biden, and only 18 percent 'strongly approve.' Meanwhile the poll indicates most American adults have lost confidence in the country in general.  A staggering seven out of...
    Bourbon makers on Sunday demanded the UK end its 25 percent tariff on imported American whiskeys after the US and Europe agreed a day earlier to ditch a raft of tit-for-tat duties. They called for President Biden to raise the issue with Boris Johnson during his visit to Scotland for the COP26 climate summit. 'We urge the prime minister and President Biden to discuss this issue, in-person in Scotland next week,' said the Bourbon Alliance, which represents some of the best known brands including such as Makers Mark, Jim Beam and Jack Daniels, as well as British bars and importers. 'The announcement in the EU sets a precedent for a UK resolution and we desperately need to see the swift removal of the tariff in the UK, and urgent support for the hospitality sector which is now being left behind.' Biden is due to fly into Edinburgh on Monday morning.  The 'rebalancing duty' on bourbon and American whiskeys was introduced in 2018 in a row between Washington and European over steel and aluminum. American bourbon makers and the hospitality industry...
    OAKLAND (BCN) — BART could face nine-figure budget deficits as soon as the 2023-2024 fiscal year without a significant increase in its operating revenue, the transit agency’s budget officials said Thursday. The concern, BART Financial Planning Director Michael Eiseman told the agency’s Board of Directors, is that while ridership is currently ahead of projected totals through September, the Bay Area’s slow return to offices could trickle down to a long-term loss of fare revenue for BART. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small CompaniesAccording to data from the Bay Area Council, office occupancy as of mid-October is only at roughly one-quarter of 2019 levels in both the San Francisco and San Jose metro areas. Both totals trail Los Angeles, which sits at 33.1 percent and the Houston, Austin and Dallas metro areas, all of which hover around 50 percent. Eiseman noted that BART’s weekday ridership recovery has been closely aligned with Bay Area residents returning to their offices, as the agency is hovering between 25 and 30 percent of its pre-pandemic weekday ridership. “The...
    A clear majority of Americans say the economy has worsened under His Fraudulency Joe Biden, and 60 percent put the blame squarely on Democrats. Rasmussen Reports asked 1,000 likely voters, “Has the U.S. economy gotten better or worse since Joe Biden became president, or is the economy about the same?” A clear majority of 57 percent said the economy is worse, only 21 percent said better, and ten percent said “about the same.” I’m curious who the 21 percent are who say the economy has improved. 57% Say Economy Worse Under Bidenhttps://t.co/3RwFpG0Ics#breakingpoll#economycrisis@POTUS pic.twitter.com/aJ41BiLWjI — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 29, 2021 Other than illegal aliens and the Taliban, Biden hasn’t improved anything for anyone. A Taliban fighter stands guard as Muslim devotees offer Friday noon prayers at the Aba Saleh Almahdi mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul on October 1, 2021. (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP via Getty Images) Rasmussen then asked, “Who deserves more blame for current problems with the U.S. economy, President Biden, Democrats in Congress, or Republicans in Congress?” A whopping 60 percent blamed Democrats—either Biden (38 percent) or congressional...
    During a meeting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) advisory committee on Tuesday to discuss Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine in children aged five to 11, a surprising statistic was shared. A scientist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that an estimated 42 percent of kids in this age group had been infected with Covid by June of this year. The percentage was higher than anticipated, with previous estimates suggesting that only about seven percent of children in this age range had contracted the virus in the past. Now, public health experts tell The New York Times they believe this 42 percent figure is an overestimate.   They say the method used for the analysis IS known for returning 'false positives' and that the sample used is not representative of the U.S. population. During an FDA meeting on Tuesday, the CDC revealed an estimate that 42% of children between ages five and 11 (yellow line) had been infected with Covid by June 2021 Experts say this is an overestimate because the number of samples collected was small...
    Thirty-six percent of U.S. employees say their employer requires all workers without a medical exception to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a new Gallup Poll found. The latest results are up from nine percent from the same poll in July and have shown a steady increase since then. Additionally, 39 percent of workers say they are encouraged but not required to be vaccinated, decreasing from 62 percent in July.  Gallup noted that 25 percent said their employer had not specified a vaccine policy, which has stayed relatively unchanged since May.  A majority of U.S. employees say they support the establishment of a vaccine mandate, with 56 percent in favor and 37 percent opposed. The percentage in favor is up 7 points from 49 percent in May. The percentage of those opposed has stayed relatively the same since May.  Gallup also polled whether employees would be more likely to leave their jobs due to a vaccine policy that does not match their personal preferences. The survey found that 30 percent of all U.S. workers strongly oppose their employer's vaccine policy, adding that 52 percent of that group...
    More bad news for mad scientist and serial liar Dr. Anthony Fauci as new polling shows a plurality of voters believe he’s a liar who should be forced to resign. After the revelation last week that Fauci lied under oath about giving our mortal enemies in China funding for gain of function research, his public credibility landed in the toilet. Rasmussen, one of the most accurate pollsters out there, asked 1,000 likely voters a series of questions about Fauci and his myriad of controversies. These two questions are the most revealing… “Do you believe Dr. Anthony Fauci told the truth about U.S. government funding for gain-of-function research?” Only 33 percent believe he told the truth, while a plurality of 49 percent say he lied. “Should Fauci be forced to resign?” Only 40 percent said no, while a plurality of 46 percent said yes. A third question shows that the government and media’s attempt to cover up the lab leak theory has failed mightily. “How likely is it that COVID-19 was originated in a Chinese laboratory?” A whopping 71 percent said...
    Confidence in the U.S. economy continues to weaken despite the Biden administration’s insistence that the economy is doing great. The share of Americans saying the economy is getting worse climbed from 63 percent in September to 68 percent in October, Gallup reported Wednesday. This was not a case of partisan politics. Democrats and Republican views of the economy were essentially unchanged in October, according to Gallup. What happened was the percentage of independents who say economic conditions are getting worse soared nine points from 63 percent to 72 percent. The Economic Confidence Index fell to negative 25 in October, the lowest reading since negative 33 in April 2020 and negative 28 the following month. Gallup’s index has a theoretical high score of +100, if everyone says the economy is excellent or good, and a possible low score of -100, if everyone says the economy is poor and getting worse. Before the eruption of pandemic in the U.S., confidence was high. The Gallup index registered +41 in February 2020, the best reading since 2000. It collapsed in March and hit the nadir...
    A record amount of people are now saying that it is a good time to find a quality job, according to a new poll released by Gallup on Wednesday. According to Gallup's latest October poll, 74 percent of those surveyed said now is a good time to get a quality job, the highest percentage of people to say so since the analytics company began recording this metric in 2001. Gallup noted that this number was not statistically different from August when 72 percent of people said the same, but it was still the highest percentage the company has recorded. The October polling data also showed that 24 percent of people said it was a bad time to find a quality job while two percent had no opinion. The most recent polling data on when to find a quality job marks a steep jump from earlier in the year when less than 50 percent of people were saying the same. In January of this year, 27 percent said it was a good time to find a job while 43 percent said the...
    Sixty-one percent of registered voters say America has “seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” a Politico/Morning Consult poll revealed Wednesday. “Now, generally speaking, would you say that things in the country are going in the right direction, or have they pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?” the poll asked respondents. While 39 percent say the country is headed in the “right direction,” 61 percent say the country is going down the “wrong track.” The poll also asked respondents if they approve or disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job performance. Thirty-nine percent “strongly disapprove” of Biden’s performance and 12 percent “somewhat disapprove,” totaling 51 percent. Twenty-three percent “strongly approve” and another 23 percent said they “somewhat approve” of Biden’s performance. A total of 46 percent approve of Biden’s performance. Among those surveyed, economic issues like taxes, wages, jobs, unemployment, and spending were the most important issues to registered voters at 38 percent. Security Issues, which include terrorism, foreign policy, and border security, ranked second most important to voters at 16 percent.   The Taliban terrorist organization is strutting...
    Thirty-five percent of registered voters said the results of the 2020 presidential election should be overturned, according to a new poll, nearly nine months after Congress certified President BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE's Electoral College win. The poll, conducted by Politico and Morning Consult, found that 22 percent of registered voters said the results of the 2020 presidential election should “definitely” be overturned, and 13 percent of those polled said they should “probably” be overturned. Forty-three percent of those polled said the results should “definitely not” be overturned, and 12 percent said they should “probably not” be overturned. Eleven percent of respondents said they remain unsure. Sixty percent of Republicans polled said the election results should definitely or probably be overturned, while 30 percent of GOP respondents said the vote should probably not or definitely not be overturned. Ten percent said they do not know. For comparison, only 16...
    Instagram bombards women and girls who suffer from eating disorders with images and videos of exceedingly thin females and others afflicted with anorexia, according to research done by the app’s parent company Facebook. Internal documents leaked to the New York Post revealed that Instagram’s algorithm curates options based on searches and preferences of users who express interest in dieting, weight loss, and thinness. Instagram researchers this year conducted an experiment in which they typed in terms like #skinny and #thin are then offered to browse through other accounts that feature dangerously emaciated women and girls. Some of the account names include ‘_skinandbones_’, ‘applecoreanorexic,’ and ‘skinny._.binge.’ Experts in eating disorders say that it is unhealthy for young girls and women who suffer from anorexia and bulimia to be exposed to images of those with similar afflictions since it would reinforce body-related insecurities. Teens are especially vulnerable to what’s known as ‘thinspo’ - which is short for ‘thinspiration.’ Instagram bombards women and girls who suffer from eating disorders with images and videos of exceedingly thin females and others afflicted with anorexia, according...
    A majority of likely voters who are familiar with ever-popular chants of “Fuck Joe Biden” and “Let’s Go Brandon!” say they are “appropriate” ways to protest the Biden administration, a Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group survey released Tuesday found. Most likely voters are familiar with the chants that are largely taking place at sporting events, although 52.4 percent of Democrats, specifically, said they are not familiar with the chants. A solid majority of Republicans and independents are familiar. The survey asked respondents, “Do you believe chants like ‘F–k Joe Biden’ (or ‘Let’s Go Brandon’) are an appropriate way to protest the Biden Administration?” Among those who originally said they were familiar with the chants, 59 percent said both chants are appropriate. In this grouping, even a plurality of Democrats (46.2 percent) said “yes, both are” appropriate. Sixty-eight percent of Republicans and 55.7 percent of independents agree. However, across the board, 16.9 percent said “Let’s Go Brandon is appropriate,” but not “Fuck Joe Biden.” The survey asked the same question to everyone surveyed, even those who said they were unfamiliar with the...
    Mark Makela/Getty Images According to a spooky new poll, a majority of Trump voters believe in demons, a plurality of them believe in ghosts — and a good chunk say they have met one or the other. In the latest poll from YouGov, respondents were asked “Do you think each of the following do or do not exist?”, and were given a list of ghoulish creatures to evaluate. As a whole, Americans appear to be a credulous lot when it comes to “ghosts” and “demons,” with pluralities of 41 percent to 39 percent and 43 percent to 39 percent, respectively, saying the non-corporeal entities do exist. But it was supporters of former President Donald Trump who tipped the balance on both questions, with a whopping 51 percent saying they believe demons exist, and just 30 percent saying demons don’t exist. Only 31 percent of President Joe Biden’s supporters say they believe in Demons, versus 53 percent who say they do not exist. Trump supporters were slightly more skeptical about ghosts, with a mere 43 percent to 38 percent saying they...