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NUMBERS GAME

On the radar: Liberal blog Daily Kos and the Service Employees International Union have joined forces to conduct campaign polling in key states as the 2012 presidential race commences.

“Rather than sit around and have know-nothing pundits and politicians in D.C. tell us what the American people think, we prefer to ask them directly,” declares the blog’s founder Markos Moulitsas, who is asking his readers to text questions for upcoming surveys.

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One desk at the Federal Trade Commission is a busy place indeed. The federal agency has released its current stats to reveal that it received 1,339,265 consumer complaints last year, costing victims more than $1.7 billion.

Needless to say, identity theft was the No. 1 complaint category, followed by debt collection, Internet services, sweepstakes and lotteries, shop-at-home and catalog sales, impostor scams, Internet auctions, foreign money and counterfeit-check scams, phone services and credit cards.

POLL DU JOUR

• 46 percent of all likely voters consider themselves politically conservative on taxes, government spending and business regulation.

• 74 percent of Republicans agree.

• 37 percent say they are conservative on social issues like abortion and public prayer.

• 9 percent of Republicans agree.

• 28 percent say they are liberal on social issues.

• 28 percent say they are conservative on both fiscal and social issues.

• 12 percent say they are liberal on both issues.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 and released Tuesday.

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