Balancing blue and red states

    So what are the most Democratic and the most Republicans states? Also, new numbers on what’s perceived as the biggest international threat to U.S. security, keeping tabs on the economy and more, in this week’s What Are We Thinking.

    So what are the most Democratic and the most Republicans states? Polls say that the majority of Americans describe themselves as Democrats. Also, new numbers on what’s perceived as the biggest international threat to U.S. security, keeping tabs on the economy and more, 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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    – President Obama has been busy in the week or so since his State of the Union address – including his dialog with Republicans in Baltimore, and the release of his projected 2011 budget, so how’s he doing?

    – New and startling data on the percent of Americans who say they have a positive image of the term “socialism”?

    – At a time when unemployment remains quite high by historical standards, government jobs are looking better and better to some people. What percent of Americans – given a choice – would rather work for government than for a business? And more.

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