1 in 3 parents believe Thanksgiving traditions outweigh COVID-19 risks, poll says
Although health officials and agencies have urged Americans to limit Thanksgiving gatherings to household members only, one in three parents say the benefits of holiday celebrations outweigh the risks of spreading or getting the coronavirus, one poll found.University of Michigan researchers behind the survey said families should consider safer ways to celebrate Thanksgiving while keeping traditions alive to prevent the pandemic from worsening.There are more than 12.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and more than 257,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, yet 61% of ...
Thais hope new US president will be good leader: poll
Most Thai people closely followed the presidential election in the United States and hope the new president will be a good leader for his country and the world, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.The poll was conducted online on Nov 13-18 on 1,038 people throughout the country.A majority, 89.98%, were interested — 58.38% moderately and 31.60% highly — in the US presidential election and followed the election news, while 10.02% were not interested.When asked why the US presidential election was interesting to them, with respondents allowed to gi...
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Likud, Yamina separated by three seats in new poll
The religious-ZionistYamina party is inching closer to the Likud party, a Geocartography Knowledge Group poll published via I24 on Monday has revealed.If elections were to be held today, Likud would receive 28 seats while the Yamina party would get 25, the poll predicted. Yamina's major boost coming as a result of widespread dissatisfaction over the government's handling of the coronavirus.Likewise, the centrist Yesh Atid would receive 15, followed by the Blue and White would win 12, and Joint List also 12. Shas is predicted to take 9, United Torah Judaism at 8, Meretz at 6 and Yisrael Beytenu...
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Jordan extends voting by two hours in contentious poll
Jordan extended voting by two hours on Tuesday in elections set to keep parliament in the hands of tribal and pro-government deputies, and which have been criticised by the Islamist and liberal opposition for failing to reflect their true level of support.Officials said turnout was 27.4% so far among the 4.64 million eligible to vote. The poll coincides with deep public discontent as Jordan grapples with its worst economic crisis in many years, and unemployment and poverty aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic.Across the country, banners of around 1,700 candidates appealed to voters on mostly tr...
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Most say national politics do not affect provincial elections: poll
A majority of people say national-level politics will have no influence on their votes for chairmen of provincial administration organisations (PAO) and members of PAO councils scheduled for Dec 20, according to a survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.The poll was conducted on 1,312 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country, except in Bangkok, to gauge their opinions regarding voting in the Dec 20 PAO elections.A huge majority, 80.03% of the respondents, said they would cast ballots, 15.09% said they wou...
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Pandemic poll drives reform demands
Myanmar goes to the polls on Sunday in a critical election that will determine the country’s future direction. At issue is the country’s fragile political balance — between the civilian government and the still very powerful military — and more importantly, give renewed impetus to the current government’s drive to reform the country and the constitution. This election gives the voters the chance to decide whether the National League for Democracy (NLD) government, led by the charismatic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, will be given a renewed mandate to push forward on the country’s tentative reform p...
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Fake faces peddling false news as US poll looms
It’s hard to know what to believe these days, as weaponised tweets and deliberate disinformation spread around the world like wildfire, leaping from the internet to traditional press outlets, sowing confusion in the public commons.In these harried days before today’s US election, a loose coalition of anti-communist agitators and Trump supporters in Asia have made a number of clumsy, last-minute attempts to tilt opinion against candidate Joe Biden in favour of incumbent Donald Trump by focusing on the Biden family’s connections to China.Desperate for an October surprise with which to turn the c...
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TNA Voice Podcast: Who will Arab Americans vote for this US election 2020?
A new poll from the Arab-American has found that 59% of Arab Americans say they’ll vote for Biden, and 35% for Trump. 74% view Biden favorably and 25% unfavorably; and more than 80% say they are very likely to vote. This has major implications in swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Florida, where Arab Americans comprise up to 5% of voters.The New Arab has reached out to Arab-American voters in these states and beyond to find out about the issues that matter most to them, and why they will be casting their votes come November 3. The result is this emotional set of testimonies tha...
NCR literacy rate still highest in PHL, but dips in latest PSA poll
THE basic literacy rate in Metro Manila, while being the highest, has declined, according to the latest Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).Based on the data, the basic literacy rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila was at 99.3 percent, lower than the 99.5 percent.The PSA noted that the literacy rates in 2019 are significantly lower than their corresponding values in 2013. The basic literacy rate in Cagayan Valley was 96.2 percent, lower than the 97.9 percent in 2013.Meanwhile, the data showed t...
Tanzanian poll is likely to usher in a new era of authoritarianism. Here's why.
Swearing in of President of Tanzania John Magufuli, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, November 5, 2015. Photo by Paul Kagame via Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Tanzanians voted in their general election on October 28 in a poll that pitted popular opposition chief Tundu Lissu against incumbent John Magufuli. As the votes are counted, Dan Paget explains why incumbent John Magufuli is likely to be declared the winner, and what his second term will mean for democracy in the East African nation.How do you rate the independence or fairness of the Tanzania election commission now and in the past?We should wait until ...