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
52% of Americans see cover-up in
congressman sex scandal
BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- More than half Americans, or 52 percent,
believe that House Speaker Dennis Hastert was aware of former Congressman Mark
Foley's inappropriate messages to teenagers and tried to cover the matter up,
according to a recent Newsweek poll. Full Story
U.S. starts probe into
ex-congressman's sex scandal
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics
Committee started an investigation on Thursday into a sex scandal involving a
Republican congressman who resigned last week. Full Story
Sexual e-mails: U.S congressman
BEIJING, Sept. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- The Republican author of key sexual predator
provisions of a child protection and safety act resigned from the U.S. Congress
Friday after reports he sent sexually inappropriate e-mails to underage
congressional interns. Full Story