Americans back Dems in Nov. 7 election due to Foley scandal
www.chinaview.cn 2006-10-10 10:28:26

U.S. Democrats have regained a commanding position going into the final weeks prior to the midterm election thanks to former Republican Rep. of Florida Mark Foley's sex scandal, according to new opinion polls in the U.S. Tuesday.

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    BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- U.S. Democrats have regained a commanding position going into the final weeks prior to the midterm election thanks to former Republican Rep. of Florida Mark Foley's sex scandal, according to new opinion polls in the U.S. Tuesday.

    A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that by a margin of 54-41 percent, registered voters planned to vote for the Democrats over the Republicans in the House races next month.

    A USA Today/Gallup poll gave the Democrats a 23-point edge over the Republicans in the coming battle for Congress, while a CNN poll gave the Democrats a 21-point lead.

    A Newsweek poll also found 53 percent of voters would like to see the Democrats win a majority in race.

    Foley's sex scandal certainly plays a role in the Republican unpopularity: 27 percent of voters said the scandal and how the Republican leadership in the House handled it makes them less likely to vote for a Republican candidate, according to the Newsweek poll.

    And a CBS News/New York Times poll showed 79 percent of respondents thought the Republican leaders were more concerned with politics than the well-being of the teenage congressional assistants who received lewd messages from Foley.

    The Republicans, already battered by public doubts about the Iraq war and Bush's leadership, have been scrambling with great efforts to contain the fallout from the unfolding scandal and keep it from sinking their chances on Nov. 7 election. Enditem

   (Agencies)

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