Polls and “tweets” in national politics

    The use of social media is not new to the Obama administration. Last week White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made news when he began Tweeting. Also, no end in sight for the health care reform debate and more, in this week’s “What Are We Thinking.”

    The use of social media is not new to the Obama administration. It was a important rallying tool during the presidential campaign and it continues to provide a vehicle to reach citizens. Last week White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made news when he began Tweeting. Also, no end in sight for the health care reform debate 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.

    Listen:
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    This week on What Are We Thinking:

    – What does the average American think about the U.S. image around the globe?

    – Why are some states more religious than others? The latest Gallup data show that Mississippians are more likely than residents of any other state in the union to attend church while Vermonters are least likely. 

    – The unusual sight of former vice president Dick Cheney playing politics with Vice-President Joe Biden
    in dueling TV shows. Which is better liked by American audiences?

    – And more.

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