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(A special report from the Media Research Center addressing the debate in Congress over $500,000 in funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Find it here: www.mrc.org)

WEEKEND VIEWING

” ‘The Ides of March’ takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.”

(Columbia Pictures’ official description of the George Clooney-Ryan Gosling movie opening nationwide Friday)

GOP VALUES THE VALUES

Less than half of Americans — 48 percent — say the federal government should promote “traditional values,” says a new Gallup Poll, while 46 percent say the feds shouldn’t promote any set of values. Republicans still stick up for the principles, though: 59 percent say the government should support traditional values, though GOP support for the cause has dropped by more than 10 percentage points since 2008, down from 71 percent.

“The recent decrease in Republicans’ support for government’s actively promoting traditional values could be tenuous and subject to reversal, depending on the issues debated in the upcoming presidential campaign,” observes Gallup analyst Lydia Saad.

POLL DU JOUR

• 48 percent of Americans would prefer President Obama in a hypothetical presidential match against Mitt Romney.

• 7 percent of Republicans, 88 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Hispanics, 38 percent of “whites” and 95 percent of “blacks” support the president.

• 3 percent of conservatives, 96 percent of liberals, 3 percent of tea-party supporters, 42 percent of men and 53 percent of women also prefer Mr. Obama.

• 48 percent of Americans overall would prefer Mr. Romney in a hypothetical presidential match against Mr. Obama.

• 91 percent of Republicans, 10 percent of Democrats, 37 percent of Hispanics, 58 percent of “whites” and 3 percent of “blacks” support Mr. Romney.

• 95 percent of conservatives, 3 percent of liberals, 94 percent of tea partyers, 54 percent of men and 43 percent of women also prefer Mr. Romney.

Source: A Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll of 2,410 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 22-Oct. 4.

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