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“The percentage of Americans who call themselves supporters of the movement (30 percent) roughly matches the percentage calling themselves opponents (28 percent),” Mr. Newport observes. “Support for the tea party has held steady over the last year at about 30 percent.”

ROYAL REDUX

What? Missed the royal wedding? The Associated Press is there. The news service will publish a hardcover commemorative photo book distilled from the work of 21 photographers - next week. Yes, this is what the media now must do to stay competitive.

“Within minutes of each key moment, hundreds of AP photos will be transmitted to thousands of newspapers, magazines, websites and media outlets around the world, says AP photography director Santiago Lyon.

The book goes on sale at www.mypublisher.com the first week in May.

POLL DU JOUR

• 71 percent of voters say the U.S. economy is currently in a recession.

• 73 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of conservatives, 67 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of liberals agree.

• 63 percent of voters overall say President Obama “mostly inherited” the current economic conditions.

• 34 percent of Republicans, 40 percent of conservatives, 84 percent of Democrats and 85 percent of liberals agree.

• 30 percent overall say Mr. Obama’s own policies created the current conditions.

• 55 percent of Republicans, 50 percent of conservatives, 11 percent of Democrats and 11 percent of liberals agree.

• 55 percent of voters overall say “the worst is yet to come” in the economy.

• 65 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of conservatives, 45 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of liberals agree.

Source: A McClatchy/Marist Poll of 1,084 registered voters conducted April 10-14.

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