Doom, Despair, and Agony On Thee

Thee Republikkkans, that is.There’s a new USA Today poll out.

Four weeks before congressional elections, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows Democrats hold a 23-point lead over GOP candidates. That’s double the lead Republicans had a month before they seized control of Congress in 1994.

President Bush’s approval rating was 37%, down from 44% in a Sept. 15-17 poll.

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More than half — 54% — said Republican leaders who knew about Foley’s actions for months or years did not act against him earlier “for political reasons.” By 43%-36%, they said House Speaker Dennis Hastert should resign.

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On the question of which party’s candidate would receive their vote if the election were held today, Democrats held a 23-point lead over Republicans among every type of person questioned — likely voters, registered voters and adults. That’s the largest lead Democrats have held among registered voters since 1978 and a jump from last month’s 48%-48% split among likely voters.

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• 56% said it was a mistake to send troops to Iraq while 40% said it was not — the biggest split in a year.

• Voters gave Democrats a 54%-28% advantage over Republicans concerning which party would handle gasoline prices better despite the recent drop in prices.

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