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Question of the Day
Lawmakers, lawmakers. Read it and weep: Gallup finds that 81 percent of Americans now disapprove of the job Congress is doing — or not doing. Thirteen percent approve. This is an all-time low, but nothing new. The findings match a pair of similar polls that revealed the same negative numbers in August and almost a year ago.
There’s particular irritation among the huge, noisy, burgeoning baby-boomer crowd, meanwhile. Congress garners an 8 percent approval rating among those over age 55, Gallup found, the lowest percentage of all.
POLL DU JOUR
• 74 percent of Americans plan to hand out candy on Halloween.
• 69 percent plan to attend Halloween festivities or parties.
• 68 percent say the U.S. economy has not had an impact on their Halloween plans.
• 50 percent will decorate their yard; 47 percent will carve a pumpkin.
• 44 percent will dress in costume; 15 percent will dress their pet in a costume.
• 35 percent will throw or attend a Halloween party.
• 33 percent will take their children trick-or-treating; 23 percent will visit a commercial haunted house.
• $9.2 billion: Total amount Americans will spend on Halloween costumes, candy, decorations and greeting cards in 2011.
Source: Retail Federation of America poll of 9,374 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 6-11.
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