Poll: Are the visuals of the debate stage tarnishing the GOP’s image?

     Donald Trump, (second from right), speaks as Jeb Bush, (left), Marco Rubio, (second from left), and Ben Carson look on during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo)

    Donald Trump, (second from right), speaks as Jeb Bush, (left), Marco Rubio, (second from left), and Ben Carson look on during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. (Mark J. Terrill/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.

    Republican presidential candidates and their representatives (minus Trump) gathered this week to attempt to change the procedures in the debates they have been holding — coming after the contentious CNBC debate last week. Some have hypothesized that the wild nature of the debates may have weakened the image of the GOP candidates in the eyes of independents and Democrats — but a new analysis shows no evidence to support that theory.

    Only 17 percent of Americans now say they support the tea party, the lowest level Gallup has measured.

    TransCanada requested a delay in the review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but on Wednesday the State Department denied that request.

    The request to delay was widely seen as an effort to avoid a rejection by the Obama administration. But where does the public stand on the pipeline?

    New analysis shows that the percentage of LGBT people in this country who are legally married to a same-sex partner has gone up after the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which along with other cases made same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

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