Welcome to the "60 Minutes"/Vanity Fair Poll for the month of July. The second half of 2011 officially begins on July 1 and shortly after that we celebrate the 4th of July and America's Independence. Here is a part of John Adams' letter to his wife Abigail about July 2 (he was two days off due to a reprinting of the Declaration). "The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as a day of deliverance by solemn acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp, Parade, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."
He ended his letter with a more reflective tone, one that is just as relevant today for an America that is still embroiled in two wars and facing many other challenges. "...I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom, I can see rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means." Happy 4th of July to one and all, and now our poll results for July:
It has been said that politics makes strange bedfellows, but two thirds of Americans don't care much who their candidate's bedfellow is when they are deciding who to vote for. Seventeen percent said that a candidate's marital status mattered some and 14 percent said it mattered a lot. When it comes to the presidency, there may be a higher standard. The only unmarried president was James Buchanan and the only divorced president was Ronald Reagan.
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