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NEWS
June 29, 1998 | DOYLE McMANUS, WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
And now for some good news. The economy looks great. The stock market is shrugging off the Asian flu. The crime rate is down. The price of oil is at a 25-year low. Most of the world is at peace. On top of all that, summer's here. So it should be no wonder that public opinion polls are finding Americans in an optimistic mood--more confident about the future, by some measures, than at any time in 30 years.
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NEWS
November 5, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Syria, Israel's most formidable adversary and the gatekeeper of hard-line Arab politics, had figured to dominate the landscape at the Middle East peace conference. Instead, Syria proved to be a paper tiger, outmaneuvered by Israel in the theater of public opinion and helpless to control the Arabs' slow movement toward the peace table. As Arabs and Israelis sat down for their first face-to-face talks in 43 years of turbulent history, all the lessons of the new Middle East came sharply into play.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2006 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
A majority of Americans favor setting a fixed timetable for bringing troops home from Iraq, and just 12% would support a plan to increase troop strength, an option under serious consideration by the military, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found. A month after a watershed election that switched control of Congress to the Democrats, respondents expressed low confidence in President Bush's ability to resolve the conflict in Iraq.
NEWS
March 15, 1993 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
There are two Rodney G. King civil rights trials taking place at the Edward R. Roybal federal courthouse. One is being held in the stately eighth-floor courtroom of U.S. District Judge John G. Davies. This proceeding is governed by exacting rules of evidence designed to prohibit the admission of information that is irrelevant, hearsay or likely to unfairly inflame the passions of the jury.
NEWS
March 22, 1998 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haltingly, after nine weeks of investigation and despite opinion polls showing him to be one of the nation's least popular figures, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr is gaining traction. Starr at minimum has gathered circumstantial evidence to support allegations that President Clinton twice committed perjury in sworn testimony earlier this year: Audiotaped conversations and the testimony of several witnesses clash with Clinton's sworn denials that he had intimate contact with Monica S.
WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Kathleen Hennessey
At a time when the Middle East peace process appears stymied, Israel received an unexpected olive branch when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the Holocaust and expressed sympathy with its victims. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeled the comments a play for public opinion and called on the Palestinian leader to "tear up" his recent pact with the militant Islamist movement Hamas. "What happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime known by mankind in modern times," said Abbas, according to a statement published Sunday by the Palestinian government news agency WAFA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1994 | LAWRENCE JACOBS and ROBERT SHAPIRO, Lawrence Jacobs and Robert Shapiro are political scientists specializing in opinion polling and policy-making, Jacobs at the University of Minnesota, Shapiro at Columbia University.
Many Americans believe that public opinion polls are today's political narcotic. Polls explain politicians' addiction to pandering. The corrupting effect of polling has left few officeholders willing to say "no" to the public's whims and make the tough decisions necessary to bring the government's budget under control. Polling undeniably suffers from pitfalls, but the problems are often exaggerated and misunderstood. Polls clearly do not provide ideal measures of what the public wants.
WORLD
March 13, 2003 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
Global public opinion may be shaping the frantic diplomatic maneuvering over Iraq more than it has affected any international crisis in memory, experts say. The spread of sophisticated polling techniques has combined with the prominent role of the United Nations to give mass opinion almost unprecedented influence over the debate on war.
OPINION
May 12, 2011
Religious institutions in this country that object to homosexuality have nothing to fear from the gay-rights movement. Freedom of religion constitutionally protects them from having to perform same-sex marriages or elevate gays and lesbians to the clergy. Yet as society opens itself to new viewpoints over time, those perspectives influence people of faith. So it was that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this week voted to allow the ordination of gay ministers, elders and deacons.
OPINION
April 13, 2012
In announcing that she was charging George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, special prosecutor Angela B. Corey insisted that "we do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition. " That's an important assurance; the government shouldn't bring a case except when allegations are backed up by facts and evidence. On the other hand, Corey wouldn't even have been in a position to assess the case against the neighborhood watch volunteer had there not been a public outcry about his release the night of the killing after what looked like a slipshod police investigation.
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