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    Previewing American attitudes before SCOTUS rules on ACA, same-sex marriage

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     People are shown waiting to enter the Supreme Court in Washington as it begins its new term on Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

    People are shown waiting to enter the Supreme Court in Washington as it begins its new term on Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

    Gallup gauges public attitudes in advance of two big U.S. Supreme Court decisions expected this month on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act.

    The president announced this week that he is sending 450 members of the armed forces to be used as trainers for the Iraqi armed forces. This comes amid the general conclusion that things are not going well for the Iraqi military. Interestingly, Americans are actually less likely than in the recent past now to say that U.S. involvement in Iraq from the beginning was a mistake. Americans are actually becoming more worried about terror these days and are less likely to say the government is doing a good job protecting them from terror attacks.

    Americans are most likely to say that problems with the government and the economy are the most important problems facing the country today. Gallup compares this to what respondents were saying in June of 2011 and 2007 — a year and half before those previous elections.

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