*Vanity Fair magazine conducted a pretty funny poll, asking readers who’d they rather play the role of Jesus.
The 60 minute survey asks a bunch of other random questions like which movie is most overplayed on TV (“A Christmas Story” was No.1), and do you have a library card (55 percent said they do).
But the man fans want to see as Jesus, possibly because they don’t want to feel bad about fantasizing about him, was… get ready… Denzel Washington.
ho wouldn’t mind having a hot God when they meet him at the pearly gates? He beat out Daniel Day-Lewis (14 percent), Al Pacino (13 percent), Ryan Gosling (11 percent), Woody Allen (10 percent), Philip Seymour Hoffman (3 percent), or none of them (15 percent) – an interesting cast of characters.
The results were surprising particularly because the majority of Vanity Fair readers are white. But you know it ain’t no reason to be surprised because everybody wants a little chocolate in their lives.
Can’t blame the ladies; Denzel is just fine, plus he has a universal appeal.
*This may not be much news to some, but a survey was taken on a group of friends, colleagues and family members. The result was that Black women are more religious than other women in different ethnic groups. And the men are just right behind.
According to the Washington Post, 74 percent of black women and 70 percent of black men said that “living a religious life” is important. But the number dropped significantly when they got to white men and women who came in at 43 and 57 percent, respectively.
The survey also questioned in hard times, who turns to their faith. Black women came out on top with 87 percent affirmative. Black women from all walks of life, education, class, and income had similar sentiments.
While the numbers aren’t enough to explain much, the Washington Post sought out experts to elaborate. Some suggested that “cultural influence” and good music in the black church was a huge motivation for the high numbers among African American women.
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Dark, oppressive roots are also worth pointing to. In the darkest moments of American history and in the lives of enslaved blacks, religion played a huge role in keeping the black spirit alive and families encouraged.
Stacey Floyd-Thomas said black women in particular have experienced a type of oppression no other group has gone through.
“Black women have been the most mistreated and scandalized in U.S. society and culture as they wrestle both individually and collectively with the triple jeopardy of racism, sexism and classism,”
*It seems the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is picking and choosing their fights on television.
They’ve put the smackdown on the language used on daytime talk shows and what they call “family programming” like the Super Bowl.
But, somehow, companies have been able to slide their commercials right past the regulation of the FCC.
The latest “slippage” would be Liquid Plummer’s Double Impact commercial. According to a Facebook poll, some say …
*Roughly 51 percent of Americans expect President Obama to lose his 2012 re-election bid, a new CNN/ Opinion Research Corporation poll has found.
Fewer — 46 percent — said they expect the president to win re-election.
While that seems like bad news, it’s important to consider this bit of context: When the same question was asked in 1995, 65 percent of Americans expected President Bill Clinton to lose his re-election bid, and just 24 percent said he would win. Clinton, of course, went on to win a second term.
The new poll finds that 26 percent of registered voters will definitely vote for President Obama in the 2012 election, and another 23 percent will probably vote for him. Thirty-five percent said they will not vote for him, and 16 percent they will probably not.
Read MORE of this story at CBS News.
President Barack Obama listens during his meeting with Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez, July 12, 2010, in the Oval Office
*Nearly 60 percent of American voters say they lack faith in President Barack Obama, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll published Tuesday.
The results show a reversal of what voters said at the start of Obama’s presidency 18 months ago when about 60 percent expressed confidence in his decision making.
Confidence in Obama is at a new low but the poll found that his numbers are still higher than lawmakers of either major party four months ahead of the November congressional elections. Asked how much confidence they have in Obama to make the right decisions for the country’s future, 58 percent of respondents said “just some” or “none.”
Sixty-eight percent expressed the same sentiments about Democrats in Congress and 72 percent said the same of Republicans.
The Post said problems in the housing industry, sluggish job growth and other economic issues may have taken a toll on Obama’s approval rating. Just 43 percent of all Americans, including a third of Democrats, now say they approve of the job Obama is doing on the economy, while 54 percent disapprove.
The survey also found wide anti-incumbent sentiment with 62 percent of voters saying they were not inclined to support their current representative.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs in the November 2 election as well as 36 of the 100 Senate seats.
Democrats now control both houses of Congress, but a slight majority of those polled said they would prefer to have Republicans in control to serve as a check on Obama’s policies.
The poll of 1,288 people was conducted July 7-11 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
*To say the president is going through a rough patch would be an understatement. Now comes more bad news for Mr. Obama. In a new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC, his numbers are down, down, down. Keep in mind this poll was taken before his action to replace General McChrystal.
Take a look:
* In a first, more people disapprove of Obama’s job performance (48%) than approve of it (45%).
* Half disapprove of his handling of the oil spill, vs. 42% who approve.
* 62% say the country is on the wrong track, the highest level since his election.
* One bright spot: 64% say he’s likeable. (“On the personal level, the public still stays with him,” says a Democratic pollster.)
* BP gets a favorable rating of 6%. Only Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, and Yasser Arafat have scored lower in the poll’s history.
* Only one-third think the US economy will improve in a year, down 7 points from just last month.
* 57% want a new representative in Congress, the highest percentage in 18 years.