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Scandal Increases Republicans’ Skid in Polls

From Reuters

Democratic candidates have a big edge on Republicans one month before elections to decide control of Congress, a flurry of new polls showed Monday, with ratings for President Bush and Congress dropping after the House sex scandal.

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

An ABC News/Washington Post poll found Democrats held a 54%-41% lead in the congressional horse race among registered and likely voters, which ABC said was the biggest Democratic lead this close to election day in more than 20 years.

And a new CBS News/New York Times poll showed 79% of respondents thought Republican leaders were more concerned with politics than the well-being of the teenage pages who received lewd messages from former Republican Rep. Mark Foley of Florida.

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Republicans have been scrambling to contain the fallout from the scandal and keep it from sinking them Nov. 7.


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