Poll: Debates matter; Trump’s popularity stumps pundits; Americans are happily caffineated

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

    Now just two weeks out from the first Republican debate, there are three clear winners as far as the impact of the debate on image is concerned, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and John Kasich … and three losers, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul and Rick Perry.

    Donald Trump maintains his advantage over the pack. Despite disparaging comments about women,  Trump’s popularity among women is about the same as other GOP candidates.

    Trump promulgated new immigration policy recommendations this week, continuing his campaign emphasis on the issue. But Americans are decidedly less negative about immigration levels than they have been in the past.

    And … coffee anyone? Just under two-thirds of U.S. adults drink at least one cup a day, with an average consumption of 2.7 cups per day, unchanged from 1999. A quarter of coffee drinkers say they’re addicted, much lower than the percentage of smokers who are addicted, but only 10 percent want to cut back.

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