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The Monitor's Weekly News Quiz for March 3-9, 2012

Meanwhile, as Fox News political analyst Juan Williams pointed out this week, “The protracted political battle on the Republican side has already begun to do damage to the party’s brand.”

“An NBC News/Wall Street Journal from last week found that 40 percent of adults say the primary process so far has given them a less favorable impression of the GOP. Only 12 percent say they have a more favorable impression,” Williams wrote on Fox’s website. “When pollsters asked people to describe the GOP primary in one word or phrase, almost 70 percent responded with a negative comment … ‘painful,’ ‘poor choices,’ ‘depressed,’ ‘discouraged’ and ‘uninspiring.’” 

At the same time, Obama’s own “brand” is starting to become shinier.

The poll Williams refers to also finds that Obama’s approval rating has inched back up to 50 percent. He would beat Romney 50-44 percent in a head-to-head match today (and the other GOP hopefuls by wider margins).

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