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Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos & SEIU. 7/26-7/29. Registered voters. MoE ±3.1% (no trendlines):

Q: In general, do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the political media?

Favorable: 10
Unfavorable: 78
Not sure: 12

For once, something everyone agrees on, more or less. Self-identified Democrats actually have a somewhat more positive view of the political press, at 15-65, while Republicans are absolutely livid, with just 5% holding a favorable view and an amazing 91% saying they think of the political media negatively.

Here's a question where the results (just as unsurprisingly) came out the exact opposite way: bitterly divided.

Q: In general, do you think the United States should have stricter gun laws, or not?

It should: 45
It should not: 46
Not sure: 8

While we don't have trendlines on this topic, similar questions from other pollsters show attitudes on gun control largely unchanged in the wake of the mass murder in Aurora, Colorado.

On a lighter note, we also threw in this question:

Q: Regardless of who you support for President, would you rather go to dinner with Barack Obama and his family or Mitt Romney and his family?

Obama & his family: 51
Romney & his family: 41
Not sure: 7

This spin on the classic "who would you rather have a beer with?" formulation find the POTUS's family winning the popularity war, both because they do better among Democrats than the Romney clan does among Republicans, and because independents would rather dine with the Obamas by a 49-38 margin. Bon appetit!

P.S. As always, our approval and favorability numbers, as well as the Obama-Romney head-to-heads, can be found on our weekly trends page.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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