Gallup polls Americans on college football, the new speaker, and presidental performance

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     Temple quarterback P.J. Walker (11) at the NCAA college football team's practice facility Tuesday in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

    Temple quarterback P.J. Walker (11) at the NCAA college football team's practice facility Tuesday in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

    NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in American opinion.

    Halloween offers this treat; one of the biggest college football games in years will be played in Philadelphia — when 21st ranked Temple takes on ninth-ranked Notre Dame in the sold-out Linc.

    We don’t know how many Philadelphia area residents are fans of either, but we do know how many are fans of college football in general.

    Paul Ryan begins as House Speaker with a positive image among Republicans, and that’s a good thing given the negative image of the departing John Boehner. How long can Ryan hold on to his good image in the fractious GOP controlled House?

    President Barack Obama’s job approval rating for his 27th quarter in office is about average compared with his predecessors who reached their 27th quarter in office — Bush, Clinton, Reagan, and Eisenhower.

    Click the audio player to listen to the interview.

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