While Gallup’s daily tracking poll has Obama holding on to a 5-point lead, the initial wave of polls has made clear that Romney has just as good a shot to win the presidency as Obama — and that the wind is at the Republican’s back.
“If you expect there to be another correction back toward Obama, which might happen, it hasn’t happened yet — and the jobs report isn’t enough to do it,” said Paul Maslin, a Democratic pollster who has worked at the presidential campaign level.
The Muslim population in the U.S. soared in the 10 years since 9/11, swelling from 1.5 million to 2.6 million, a 66 percent increase, according to data from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Their numbers now eclipse U.S. Jews. Researchers say the rise has been fueled by immigration and conversions.
The number of Mormons, officially the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, grew from 4.2 million to 6.1 million in the last decade. The 45 percent increase added up to the most new members of any religious group since 2000.
“The continuing growth of the wage gap between high and middle earners is the result of various laissez-faire policies (acts of omission as well as commission) including globalization, deregulation, privatization, eroded unionization, and weakened labor standards…The gap between the very highest earners — the top 1 percent — and all other earners, including other high earners, reflects the escalation of CEO and other managers’ compensation and the growth of compensation in the financial sector.”
— Larry Mishel, President of the Economic Policy Institute, speaking about the institute’s forthcoming study, “The State of Working America.”