Cowardice and Corruption by Politicians Define the ‘Swamp,’ According to New Public Affairs Poll

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A new Public Affairs Council/Morning Consult poll examines what outrages people most about Washington politics, whether President Trump’s critical tweets change opinions, and how White House policies have affected American businesses.

Among the findings:

• Of the 10 factors rated for contributing to the Washington, D.C., “swamp,” the top four are specific to politicians: politicians too concerned about getting re-elected (72%), politicians using their influence to make money for themselves or their families (69%), intense partisanship (68%) and politicians spending too much time raising money for their campaigns (62%).

• Republicans and Democrats polled found common ground in their frustrations. Seventy-two percent of Republicans and 75% of Democrats blame politicians who put getting re-elected ahead of acting on their principles. Corruption concerns both groups as well, specifically when it comes to using power and influence to make money while in government. Seventy-three percent of Democrats and 67% of Republicans said this is a major problem.

• The two factors on the list considered least problematic were the use of PACs by companies, nonprofits and unions to support candidates (39% concerned); and the fact that not enough good people want to go into politics (48% concerned).

View the full survey results here: pac.org/pulse

Poll: Voters Prefer Actual Head Lice to Human Louse Trump

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Donald Trump’s campaign to crown himself the perennial Olbermann-esque “Worst Person in the World” is working. By campaigning as the prototypical louse — a misogynistic, racist, xenophobic serial philanderer and pathological liar — he’d already become the most disliked presidential candidate in the history of polling. Now a new poll from PPP finds that he is less popular even than actual head lice, traffic jams, used car salesmen, hipsters, the DMV, jury duty, root canals and even Nickelback.

Rachel Maddow broke the story last night.

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Clinton, Bush Lead by Narrow Margins in N.H.

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Hillary Clinton’s current lead in New Hampshire over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race for president, 43% to 35%, according to a new WMUR/CNN Granite State Poll. On the Republican side, the poll finds Jeb Bush remains on top at 16%, followed by Donald Trump at 11%, Rand Paul at 9%, Scott Walker at 8%, Marco Rubio at 6%, Carly Fiorina at 6%, Ben Carson at 5% and Chris Christie at 5%.