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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:44 PM
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CBS/NYT Poll: GOP Put Politics Over Safety (79% - Bush 34%)
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 06:54 PM by RamboLiberal
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/09/opinion/polls...

An overwhelming majority of Americans think House Republican leaders put their own political interests ahead of the safety of congressional pages in their handling of the Mark Foley scandal, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Seventy-nine percent of those polled including 61 percent of Republicans say GOP leaders were more concerned with politics than the well-being of the teenage pages.

Sixty-two percent think the Republican leadership was aware of the sexually explicit e-mails sent by former Rep. Foley before the public learned about them in late September a charge many top Republicans deny. Two-thirds of Americans say GOP leaders did not take the matter seriously enough when they first learned about it.

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A separate CBS News/New York Times poll finds Mr. Bush's overall job approval is down to 34 percent, a drop of three points from last month.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/09/us/politics/10pollcnd...

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The number of Americans who approve of President Bushs handling of terrorism dropped from 54 percent to 46 percent over the past two weeks, suggesting that any political lift Mr. Bush gained in the course of an orchestrated set of ceremonies marking the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks had evaporated. In addition, the poll shows that Americans are now evenly divided over which party they think can better handle terrorism, the first time that Democrats have matched Republicans on national security, despite a concerted White House effort to seize the advantage on the issue this month.

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About half of respondents said that the House Republican leadership had handled the Foley case improperly, compared with 27 percent who said they approved of how it was handled; 46 percent of respondents said Speaker J. Dennis Hastert should step down. And Americans including women and suburbanites are more likely to say that Democrats, and not Republicans, share their moral values.

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The publics view of Iraq is as dark as its been since the war began in 2003: two-thirds said it is going somewhat or very badly, while only 3 percent said the war was going very well. Two-thirds said they disapprove of how President Bush is handling Iraq.

Mr. Bushs job approval has slipped to 34 percent, one of the lowest levels of his presidency, posing a complication for the White House as it seeks to send him out on the road to rally base voters. Mr. Bushs job approval rating has even slipped with his base: 75 percent of conservative Republicans approve of the way he has handled his job, compared with 96 percent in November 2004.

Mr. Bush clearly faces constraints as he seeks to address the public concerns about Iraq that have shrouded this midterm election: 83 percent of respondents thought that Mr. Bush was either hiding something or mostly lying when he discussed how the war in Iraq was going.



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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:50 PM
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1. The public has made their call on this one
Any future spinning by Republicans is only going to hurt them more.

I'm shocked. SHOCKED that Hastert hasn't resigned.
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:50 PM
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2. They've Put Politics Over People..
How could they care about the sons and daughters of the constituency, when their policys are identical to the dead and maimed soldiers fighting in the Middle East.

Republicans are UNfit to Rule because Politics = Money = Power..
POWER over the Interests of the People!
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:53 PM
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3. Boo yah
I want to vote now! I want to vote NOW! WAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I want to vote NOW! NOW!
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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:04 PM
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4. NYT: Foley Scandal Is Hurting G.O.P.s Image, Poll Finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/09/us/politics/10pollcnd...
The New York Times
October 9, 2006

Foley Scandal Is Hurting G.O.P.s Image, Poll Finds


By ADAM NAGOURNEY and JANET ELDER

Americans say that Republican Congressional leaders put their political interests ahead of protecting the safety of teenage pages, and that House leaders knew of former Representative Mark Foleys sexually charged messages to pages well before he was forced to quit Congress, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

...

With four weeks left before Election Day, the poll indicates that the scandal involving Mr. Foley, a former congressman from south Florida, is alienating Americans from Congress and weakening a Republican Party that was already struggling to keep control of the House and Senate. By overwhelming numbers, including majorities of Republicans, Americans said that most members of Congress do not follow the same rules of behavior as average Americans, and that most members of Congress consider themselves above the law.

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Seventy-nine percent of respondents said House Republican leaders were more concerned about their political standing than about the safety of teenage Congressional pages. About half of respondents said that the House Republican leadership had handled the Foley case improperly, compared with 27 percent who said they approved of how it was handled; 46 percent of respondents said Speaker J. Dennis Hastert should step down. And Americans including women and suburbanites are more likely to say that Democrats, and not Republicans, share their moral values.

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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:04 PM
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5. Their whole agenda has been a travesty.
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sutz12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:04 PM
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6. Well, when all they have is an "image"....
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 09:58 PM by sutz12
:shrug:
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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:04 PM
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7. Aw. shame. Their big tent/ include the gays
...is now backfiring. (Well - that is one way to look at it.- Many hard wing nuts are saying this is because of their failure to witch-hunt gays out of the party completely. The open secret of self-hating gays serving this administartion is now exposed.)

Its the HYPOCRISY and the LIES and the failure to take any responsibility that must be their downfall.
(And that is just Iraq. The Foley follies is just the icing on their on cake of corruption.)
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 02:00 AM
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14. I can't see how the religious right can stand by the GOP
No way.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:04 PM
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8. That was fast - only 6 years to realize the RW was a bunch of low-lifes.
Amazing how slow these people learn.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:08 PM
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9. 61% of Repukes are lucid on this issue
if all the votes are counted next month, it's going to be a hellish two years for Smirk and Condi and Rummy and Crashcart.
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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:10 PM
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10. Dream impeachment.
Make it real
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:05 AM
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12. And 21%...
...well, words fail me.
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corporatemedia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:00 AM
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11. k+r
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 01:58 AM
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13. I hope the GOP will do the right thing
and get rid of the bad apples.
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 02:11 AM
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15. i'm still baffled on how anyone can think bush fights
terrorism well.

if he and his idiot security advisor - rice - had listened to security briefings, the terrorists could have been caught before they destroyed the World Trade Centres.

what are people approving of?
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lfairban Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 08:54 AM
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16. The pink square joins the green square.


It looks like the boy is in trouble.
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