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Poll finds record-high number of independents in 2011

Forty percent of Americans now identify themselves as independents, the largest percentage in at least 60 years, according to Gallup. Previously, the highest percentage of independents occurred in 1995 and 2007, when 39 percent of Americans identified themselves as not being aligned with any major political party. “Increased independent identification…

US, Obama’s image sour in Muslim nations: poll

WASHINGTON — The image of the United States has soured in Muslim nations in the past year, says a poll released two days before President Barack Obama is due to deliver a speech on the pro-democracy revolts sweeping the Arab world. Only in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation…

Poll: More disagree than agree with tea party

More Americans now disagree with the tea party than agree with it, but the majority are indifferent to the conservative movement. According to a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 29 percent of Americans said they disagree with the Tea Party, while 22 percent agree, but forty-nine percent…

Oil prices climb amid Libya fighting

NEW YORK – World oil prices advanced on Tuesday as fighting raged on in Libya, a significant exporter of crude before the current crisis. In New York, crude for April delivery closed at $104 dollars a barrel, up $1.67 at the end of Monday trade. In London Brent North Sea…

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