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About half of conservative Republicans say the same of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum; both attract the approval of a third of moderate or liberal Republicans, Gallup says, based on a voter survey that ended Sunday.

“A little more than a month ago, Gingrich was leading in national support and acceptability, and almost as many Republicans expected him to win as thought Romney would win the nomination. Santorum was very low in polling on all measures at that time,” notes pollster Frank Newport, who cautions that Mr. Romney’s national standing could still suffer if he doesn’t rule state primaries.

“Currently, however, Gallup’s updated measures of support, expectations and acceptability show that Romney is decidedly the front-runner at the national level,” Mr. Newport declares.

HEROIC MEASURES

Superman once stood fast for “truth, justice and the American way.” But alas, comic book and film superheroes are now part of the blame-America-first crowd, sullenly condemning military might, fossil fuels and capitalism, among other things. Enough is enough, says conservative culture blogger Darin Wagner, who blames this intrusion of newfound sociopolitical consciousness on liberal creators who can’t contain personal ideology.

“Simply put, there’s too much liberalism in comic books today,” Mr. Wagner explains. “For the good of the comic book industry, this escalation and domination of liberal sentiment has got to stop, and it’s got to stop quick.”

The author, whose work appears in the British pop culture review Bleedingcool.com, continues, “Everybody knows that when an entertainer goes political, he or she runs the very serious risk of cutting their audience by at least half. The comic book audience has been getting smaller and smaller, and I think its time to honestly consider that a big part of the problem is the content.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 56 percent of Americans say that President Obama’s focus on heath care reform adversely affected the economy.

• 84 percent of Republicans, 81 percent of conservatives, 31 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of liberals agree.

• 49 percent overall say positions the president has taken have “hurt the country.”

• 82 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of conservatives, 21 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of liberals agree.

• 49 percent overall say Mr. Obama’s “diverse background” is an asset.

• 22 percent of Republicans, 23 percent of conservatives, 75 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of liberals agree.

• 44 percent overall say he has “done little as president.”

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