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–The amount more votes in favor of a ban on same-sex marriage produced by having the polling place located in a church than in a school, community center, or other location, according to new research on how voting location affects votes. People voting in schools were also 1.1 percent more likely to support raising funding for education.
— The amount of debt the Republican National Committee revealed in its July fundraising report. The RNC started the month with $10.8 million in cash on hand, received $5.5 million in contributions, and spent $11.1 million, leaving $5.2 million in cash on hand and the aforementioned debt. CNN noted that the press releases and fanfare normally associated with RNC fundraising announcements were absent this month, as the organization attempted to keep the bad news on the down-low.
6 in 10
— Number of Americans who oppose the 9-year-old war in Afghanistan.
6 in 10
— Number of Americans who mistakenly believe Pres. Obama is a Muslim who also report they were told this by the media, with 16 percent (the largest segment) attributing it to television. Another 11 percent say they figured it out themselves from the president’s “behavior and words.”
1 in 5
–The number of Americans (18 percent) who mistakenly think Pres. Obama is a Muslim, according to a Pew Research poll conducted before his comments on the Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan. A Time Magazine poll taken after his comments showed 25 percent of Americans now think Obama is a Muslim.
— Americans who disapprove of Barack Obama’s comments about the planned construction of a Muslim civic center near the World Trade Center site in New York; 20 percent approve, but four in 10 do not have an opinion.
— Share of Americans who still disapprove of BP’s handling of its massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
— The amount News Corp., parent company of Fox News, has donated to the Republican Governors Association, which is run by
Mississippi governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate Haley Barbour, according to Politico.
— After writing a $13 million check to her campaign last week, the amount California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has spent to buy the governor’s office so far. The Whitman campaign spends more in a day than the campaign of her opponent, Democrat Jerry Brown, has spent in total, to date.
— Gov. Charlie Crist’s job approval rating, an all-time low for him, and the lowest posted by a Florida governor in 16 years. It’s the first time Crist’s job performance has dropped below 50 percent.