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Needless to say, the Grand Old Party underwent a reality check quite some time ago. “Favorable opinions of the federal government among Republicans, already quite low in 2012 (20 percent favorable), have fallen even further, to 13 percent currently,” Pew says.

KERRY’S WORLD

The gun control debate can get subtle indeed. America is just too scary for some young people to deal with, at least according to Secretary of State John F. Kerry. He said as much during a conversation with CNN correspondent Jill Dougherty, who asked Mr. Kerry if he had encountered much talk about firearms during his recent diplomatic stops in China, Korea and Japan.

“We had an interesting discussion about why fewer students are coming to particularly from Japan to study in the United States, and one of the responses I got from our officials from conversations with parents here is that they’re actually scared. They think they’re not safe in the United States, and so they don’t come.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 87 percent of illegal immigrants would try to become U.S. citizens should immigration reform laws be passed this year.

• 71 percent already have family members who are U.S. citizens

• 67 percent feel more optimistic and hopeful about becoming a U.S. citizen.

• 59 percent have family members who are legal permanent U.S. residents.

• 57 percent are married, 50 percent have at least one child who was born in the U.S.

• 26 percent have been in the U.S. for 11 to 15 years, 22 percent have been here six to 10 years, 21 percent more than 20 years.

Source: A Latino Decision poll of 400 “Latino undocumented immigrants” conducted March 4 to 29 and released Monday.

• Revelations, murmurs and asides to jharper@washingtontimes.com.