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Data Feed: Ukraine crisis hurting Obama, population boom in Great Plains, health in U.S. counties

A daily roundup of fresh data from scholars, governments, think tanks, pollsters and other social science researchers.

Politics Support for Obama, health care law has eroded among Hispanics, Pew Research Center Ukraine crisis is hurting Obama at hometopline, AP/GfK Record 68% of Americans view Russia as unfriendly or an enemy, Gallup 76% of Americans see pope in favorable light, Gallup Americans OK with pot being sold in their town, less so in their neighborhood, CNBC California poll shows bipartisan support for immigration reform, PPIC Virginia voters favor Warner and Clinton despite negative Obama views, Quinnipiac Study: Easy registration motivates voters, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Economy Energy boom fuels rapid population growth in parts of Great Plains, Census Bureau Rural America struggles as young people chase jobs in cities, Brookings, Census via WSJ CEO pay rising, but not for all, The Wall Street Journal Americans still bummed about economy, despite gains, CNBC Fewest Americans earning minimum wage since 2008, BLS via WSJ GDP increased at annual rate of 2.6% in 4Q 2013 (3rd estimate), BEA

Health & Society 14.5% of Americans were uninsured before ACA rollout in 2013, CDC Charts: Obamacare’s amazing comeback, CNN Money Consumers get $10 billion in subsidies for health coverage, Kaiser Family Foundation ACA enrollment is top health policy story, KFF Many Americans are confused about the ACA, RAND Corp. Interactive: Most and least healthy U.S. counties, RWJF/U. of Wisconsin Medical marijuana legalization doesn’t lead to violent crimes, PLOS ONE Fewer patients — one-in-25 — are getting infections in hospitals, CDC

International Europeans more upbeat about children’s future, but still pessimistic, Eurobarometer Chart: NATO, Russia/USSR military spending since the Cold War, Washington Post More countries are executing more people, The Economist

Random Sample Charting the quality of TV shows over time, based on IMDB user ratings, Wired

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