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A look inside Islam listen

01/19/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new civil rights group for Muslims sponsored a showing of the new film “Inside Islam: What a billion Muslims really think.” The film was at USF in Tampa last Saturday night, and was designed to challenge the notion that Islam and the West are on a collision course.

Muslims in 40 countries participated in a Gallup public opinion poll that showed what Muslims think about the most controversial issues surrounding their religion. Last Saturday hundreds of people attended the film at USF, wh...

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New report says America is a center-left nation listen

05/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new report released today by two liberal groups says a majority of Americans hold progressive positions on a broad range of controversial issues and key constituencies that favor progressives are growing larger.

Media Matters and the Campaign For America’s Future says it has come up with the conclusions based on looking closely at polls conducted by respected organizations from CNN/Opinion Research, Gallup, the Los Angeles Times as well population demographics.

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Super Bowl survey shows positive buzz for Tampa listen

02/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A new survey released today said that Tampa scored with the American public after last Sunday’s smashing Super Bowl.

The survey produced by Competitive Edge Research, said that the city received a 6 percent positive bump.

John Nienstedt conducted the survey. Nienstedt says Tampa’s positive impressions were most dramatic from viewers in the Pacific and Mountain time zones.

The results were not so favorable about halftime events.

Bruce Springstreen performed for the first time i...

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UF survey: Consumer confidence up in Florida listen

12/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Florida, the economic news is not all bad, according to a new University of Florida survey on consumer confidence.

Chris McCarty is survey director of UF’s Survey Research Center. “Consumer confidence in Florida is up from November … That’s still a low number historically speaking, but it is certainly better than it was last month.”

Sixty-seven points is not a percentage, but an index, McCarty said. The monthly Florida Consumer Attitude Survey is indexed to a 1966 baseline of 100. ...

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Florida's budget woes to worsen listen

11/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida’s budget woes are expected to get worse. Later this week, state forecasters are expected to announced that the current budget will fall short by as much as $2 billion.

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, has said that the state should hold a Special Session to deal with the worsening crises. New House Speaker Ray Sansome says the state can avoid the cost of a special session by tapping state reserves and dedicating the first two weeks of the regular session to finding de...

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Scribe urges more government spending listen

11/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows nearly 7 out of 10 adults, or 68 percent, say they have a favorable opinion of President-elect Barack Obama; and almost as many, or 65 percent, say they think the country will be better four years from now.

That’s much higher expectations than for either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush after they were first elected. In both cases, slightly more than 50 percent said they thought the country would be better off in four years.

Andrew Kohut, director of the...

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Poll of rural voters in swing states shows stunning results

10/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Among the more unique presidential polls that have came out this campaign season, one is called the Center for Rural Strategies poll.

Commissioned on behalf of the National Rural Assembly, it sampled rural voters in 13 swing states, including Florida, throughout this month.

The results show Obama with a narrow 1 point lead. Four years ago, George W. Bush beat John Kerry by 19 points with this demographic.

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Aubrey Jewett previews tonight's presidential debate listen

10/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In less than three hours, Barack Obama and John McCain will meet at Belmont University in Nashville for the second presidential debate of the election season. This debate will be held in Town Hall Meeting style.

Although the Commission on Presidential Elections does not release the rules, various media reports say the questions asked will be culled from a group of 100 to 150 uncommitted likely voters in the audience and another one-third to come via the Internet. Moderator Tom Brokaw of ...

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Poll: Women unimpressed by Palin listen

09/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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New polls today show women voters leaning more toward Barack Obama and away from John McCain.

A Gallup poll of former supporters of Hillary Clinton now show that 81 percent of them plan to vote for Barack Obama in November. Before last week’s Democratic Convention, 70 percent said they would. And a new survey conducted on behalf of the women’s political action group, Emily’s List, shows that a majority of those polled say John McCain chose Gov. Sarah Palin out of political consideration...

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Convention give Obama a bounce in polls listen

09/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Democratic National Convention has given Barack Obama a bounce in his race against John McCain.

A USA Today/Gallup poll conducted over the weekend shows Obama up by a margin of 50 percent to 43 percent over McCain. The survey also showed that McCain's advantage in handling terrorism was dramatically reduced, and his "unfavorable" rating ticked up to its highest level this year.

Asked if the candidate "shares your values," Obama holds a 13 percent advantage over McCain. That’s alm...

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