The stage is set for the CNN Reagan Library Debate in California, with Carly Fiorina joining 10 other leading Republican presidential candidates at 8 p.m. ET.
Thursday marked the close of the two-month window for determining eligibility based on averages of national polls. The results were based on 14 polls including interviews with more than 6,000 potential Republican primary voters. The top 10 candidates overall - plus Fiorina, whose average support places her within the top 10 in polls conducted after the first debate held August 6 - have all qualified for the 8:00 p.m. debate next Wednesday in Simi Valley. The remaining five candidates will appear during an earlier debate beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The overall rankings based on an average of all qualifying polls for the 16 candidates who met the requirements for participation are:
1) Donald Trump: 23.929
2) Jeb Bush: 11.500
3) Scott Walker: 9.429
4) Ben Carson: 8.929
5) Ted Cruz: 6.286
6) Marco Rubio: 5.643
7) Mike Huckabee: 5.571
8) Rand Paul: 4.714
9) John Kasich: 3.214
10) Chris Christie: 3.143
11) Carly Fiorina: 2.229
12) Rick Perry: 1.814
13) Rick Santorum: 1.214
14) Bobby Jindal: 1.057
15) George Pataki: 0.529
16) Lindsey Graham: 0.471
The rules for inclusion were amended late last month so that any candidate who made the top 10 in an average of polls conducted after the Fox News/Facebook debate held on August 6 would also be included in the later debate. Fiorina is the only candidate to move from the bottom six to the top 10 in that post-debate average.
After a brief bump into positive territory, disapproval of President Barack Obama is on the rise amid dismal reviews of his work on several foreign policy issues and a sense that his policies would lead the country in the wrong direction.
According to a new CNN/ORC Poll, Obama's disapproval rating has inched above 50%, with 51% now saying they disapprove of how he's handling the presidency and 47% approving.
Read more about the poll from CNN’s Polling Director Jennifer Agiesta and view the full data here.
The poll finds Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by just 6 points, a dramatic tightening since July. Trump is the one of three Republican candidates who have been matched against Clinton multiple times in CNN/ORC polling to significantly whittle the gap between himself and the Democratic frontrunner. He trailed Clinton by 16 points in a July poll, and narrowed that gap by boosting his standing among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (from 67% support in July to 79% now), men (from 46% in July to 53% now) and white voters (from 50% to 55%).
But Clinton still holds the cards overall in the race for the White House, leading four Republican contenders: She tops Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by 6 points each among registered voters, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 9 points, and businesswoman Carly Fiorina by 10 points. FULL POST
Days before the anniversary of September 11, 2001, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday reports that Americans are increasingly concerned that ISIS represents a direct terror threat, fearful that ISIS agents are living in the United States.
Seven in 10 Americans believe ISIS has the resources to launch an attack against the United States, just days before President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on the subject.
Guests include Obama biographer David Maraniss, former speechwriter Jon Favreau, Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel winner Paul Krugman
CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Guests joining the network’s special coverage will include Obama biographer and journalist David Maraniss, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel Prize winner and The New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman.
On CNN's STATE OF THE UNION with CANDY CROWLEY, Crowley unpacked the results inside the new CNN/ORC poll results released this morning to reveal a continuing partisan divide in how American's view the President's job performance. While 87 percent of Democrats approve of how the President is handling his job, 15 percent of Republicans view his job performance favorably, and 47 percent of Independents view the President's job performance favorably.
Approve of how Obama is handling His Job as President
Sampling error +/- 6.5% points
In a new CNN/ORC poll, despite this week’s challenges, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is now at 53 percent, with 45 percent disapproving of the job that he is doing as president. However, most Americans also take very seriously all three concerns that were raised last week - Benghazi, the IRS, and the AP subpoenas - and most say that Republicans in Congress are not overreacting to these issues.
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
App- Disapp- No
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May 17-18, 2013 53% 45% 2%
April 5-7, 2013 51% 47% 3%
March 15-17, 2013 47% 50% 3%
Jan. 14-15, 2013 55% 43% 2%
Dec. 17-18, 2012 52% 43% 4%
Nov. 16-18, 2012 52% 43% 5%
Nov. 2-4, 2012 51% 45% 4%
For additional results of this poll, please visit CNN.com/ticker
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Nearly 60,000 Latinos turn 18 each month in the United States and many pollsters predict the collective impact of Latino votes will be a deciding factor in several of the most contested “battleground states” for the 2012 presidential election. CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on how Democrats and Republicans are reaching out to the swing voter demographic of Latinos, with a lens on the pivotal state of Nevada, a state with both the fastest-growing Latino community in the nation, and a state that has voted for the last 24 of the last 25 U.S. presidents.
Latino in America: Courting Their Vote debuts on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET and PT. FULL POST
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