45% to 41%
Margin by which Democrats lead the generic congressional ballot, an 11-point swing since the November elections. Democrats also hold a seven-point lead, 38% to 31%, among independent voters.
Amount the billionaire Koch brothers plan to contribute and steer to conservative causes during the 2012 election cycle, to fund a voter micro-targeting initiative, grassroots organizing efforts and TV advertising campaigns.
Of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased by women.
It was four years ago today (Feb. 10, 2007) that then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) announced his candidacy for president at the State House in Springfield, Illinois. And consider this — only one Republican so far has even formed an exploratory committee: Herman Cain. At this point in the ’08 cycle, 17 candidates had either already declared their candidacy or formed an official committee to begin raising money.
Number of American adults reporting that they had a cold, and 3.1% had the flu, in January the day before answering the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey. For the first time this cold and flu season, these levels exceed those measured in the same month in 2009 and 2010.
The number of people who have already filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for president in 2012. Among them are President Emperor Caesar, Jonathon the Impaler Sharkey and Rutherford Bert Hayes, according to Open Secrets.
Annual cost of lost job productivity (absenteeism, poor performance) in the United States due to hangovers, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Pertinent the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday.
Amount of the U.S. debt owned by the American public, by far the largest share owned by any country, reports the Chrisitan Science Monitor. Although China is the largest foreign owner of U.S. debt with 9.8% of the total, they barely inch out the Japanese, who own 9.6%.
Unemployment figure for January, down nearly a full percentage point from November, the largest two-month drop since 1958. Expect Republicans to claim credit, while continuing to deride Obama’s successful stimulus measures.
The average gap between Democrats’ (81%) and Republicans’ (13%) approval ratings of President Barack Obama during his second year as president, up from 65 points his first year. Those are by far the most polarized ratings for a president’s second year and the fourth most polarized since 1953.