Economic impact of Christmas shopping

    Every year the holiday season brings to mind two side of the same coin: the economic impact of Christmas shopping and a recap on American’s religious beliefs. Also, the latest polls result on Afghanistan and the health debate in this week’s What Are We Thinking.

    Every year the holiday season brings to mind two side of the same coin: the economic impact of Christmas shopping and a recap on American’s religious beliefs. Also, the latest polls result on Afghanistan and the health debate in this week’s What Are We Thinking with Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll and WHYY’s Dave Heller.

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    This week on What Are We Thinking:
    – The latest on the relation between religion and political affiliation.

    – How does this year’s holiday season spending stack up against last year so far?

    – General Stanley McCrystal testified on Capitol Hill this week about his view of the President Obama’s new strategy relating to Afghanistan.  Do Americans think the new strategy will be successful?

    – Finally, who worries more: young people, middle age people or old people?

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