Inside the Beltway: Republicans for the little guy

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Meanwhile, the Atlanta-based Calorie Control Council proclaims that the typical American holiday dinner weighs in with 4,500 calories, with a behemoth 229 grams of fat. “The average person may consume enough fat at a holiday meal to equal three sticks of butter,” the council says.

Christmas dinner is also equal to eating seven Whoppers at Burger King or 9 extra-large orders of french fries at McDonalds, this according to Frances Largeman-Roth, a dietitian and cookbook author.

Like we said, don’t tell Mayor Bloomberg.

CAR SALESMEN MORE TRUSTED THAN CONGRESS

It’s official: ethical standards differ between Republicans and Democrats. An unusual Gallup poll asked respondents to rank the honesty and ethics of 22 professions; the findings reveal that party identification even influences one’s sense of trust, the pollster says.

For example, 68 percent of Republicans give “high or very high” ethical and honesty ratings to police officers, compared with 44 percent of Democrats. About 63 percent of Republicans give winning marks to clergy; 40 percent of the Democrats agree. Both parties offer applause to nurses, doctors, pharmacists and grade-school teachers.

Denizens of the political world irked both parties, however. Five percent of Republicans and 8 percent of Democrats said the members of Congress had good ethics and honesty. Car salesmen, incidentally, did better overall, trusted by 9 percent of the GOP and the same 8 percent of the Democrats. Moving right along, a mere 4 percent of Republicans and 11 percent of the Democrats said the same about lobbyists.

Gallup analyst Jeffrey Jones says such ratings are influenced by stereotypes and real-world experience. “A third important source are news stories, particularly scandals, involving certain professions,” he notes. Yes, well. Journalists did not do well in this survey. Fifteen percent of the Republicans and 25 percent of the Democrats said TV and print media were ethical and honest.

“Americans’ political and ideological beliefs also appear to color their opinions,” Mr. Jones says. “Certainly Republicans’ tendency to be more religious is a key factor in their more positive ratings of clergy, and Democrats’ generally higher trust in the news media is a factor in their ratings of news reporters.”

LIVE FREE, EAT WHATEVER

“The American people do not want to be nannied,” declares a Reason Rupe poll. And here are their numbers: 76 percent oppose federal, state or local governmental bans on energy drinks, 71 percent oppose bans on foods with trans-fats. Two-thirds are annoyed with bans on violent video games and online poker while six out of 10 say use of e-cigarettes in public places should not be on the banned list, either.

“The one item Reason-Rupe asked about that the public wants to ban is printing 3D guns. Six in 10 Americans think printing working 3D guns should be prohibited, while 30 percent say it should be allowed,” the pollsters say.

POLL DU JOUR

74 percent of Americans believe in God; 87 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats agree.

72 percent overall believe in miracles; 83 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats agree.

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