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“I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.” (the official White House proclamation.)


• 23 percent of Republicans most concerned with social issues/moral values support former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate. Eighteen percent support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 11 percent support Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and 5 percent support former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 4 percent support businessman Herman Cain and 1 percent former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

• 18 percent of Republicans most concerned most with national security/foreign policy support Mr. Romney. Eighteen percent support Mrs. Palin, 10 percent Mr. Cain, 8 percent Mr. Gingrich, 6 percent Mr. Paul and 6 percent Mr. Pawlenty.

• 17 percent of Republicans concerned most with government spending/power support Mr. Romney. Thirteen percent support Mr. Cain, 12 percent Mr. Gingrich, 11 percent Mrs. Palin, 10 percent Mr. Paul and 9 percent Mr. Pawlenty.

• 16 percent of Republicans concerned most with business/the economy support Mr. Romney. Fourteen percent support Mrs. Palin, 11 percent support Mr. Paul, 10 percent Mr. Gingrich, 5 percent Mr. Pawlenty and 4 percent Mr. Cain.

Source: A Gallup Poll of 971 Republicans conducted May 20-24.

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