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From an online poll of some 9,000 National Review readers conducted Monday: When asked, “Should we arm the Syrian rebels?” 38 percent of respondents agreed with the idea, 62 percent did not. It’s a similar situation at the White House.

“Military action is always an option, and we haven’t in this case removed options from the table. We do not believe that militarization, further militarization of the situation in Syria, at this point, is the right course of action. We believe that it would lead to greater chaos, greater carnage. However, again, we are assessing the situation,” says press secretary Jay Carney.

LEAP OF FAITH

“I respect all of you and all that I have achieved in the past. Due to personal matters and faith beliefs at this time, it is only fair to resign. I will miss you all very much as you are all a part of my family; however, it is time to move forward with my life in a direction that is more in line with my faith.”

And so reads the resignation letter to the Pennsylvania Democratic Party from Ann Nardelli, president and founder of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women and a state committeewoman, who also has stepped forward to disagree with President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage and pro-choice issues.

She has endorsed Republican nominee Mitt Romney and joined his party after two decades with Democrats.

“Nardelli matches the profile of voters who have at times given the President heartburn: culturally conservative, working class and somewhat rural — aka Reagan Democrats,” observes Keegan Gibson, managing editor of PoliticsPA.com, a local insider website.

POLL DU JOUR

• 50 percent of Americans overall describe themselves as “pro-life.”

• 57 percent of Protestants, 54 percent of Catholics, 53 percent of college graduates, 53 percent of men and 46 percent of women agree.

• 53 percent of those with high school education, 49 percent of those with some college, 37 percent of postgraduate students and 19 percent of those with “no religion” agree.

• 41 percent of Americans overall describe themselves as “pro-choice.”

• 33 percent of Protestants, 38 percent of Catholics, 38 percent of college graduates, 38 percent of men and 44 percent of women agree.

• 33 percent of those with high school diplomas, 41 percent of those with some college, 58 percent of postgraduate students and 68 percent of those with “no religion” agree.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,024 U.S. adults conducted May 3 to 6 and released Tuesday.

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