Another Bad Poll For The GOP
The bad poll news keeps coming at the Republicans this afternoon:
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.
Fewer Republicans, though, now say they are enthusiastic about voting in November, and fewer expect their party to win the most seats this year. Overall, 59 percent of voters, including 41 percent of Republicans, expect the Democrats to pick up seats in the House in November.
More Americans also now see the Democrats as the party holding the higher moral and ethical ground — once a Republican strength. Thirty-seven percent think the Democrats have higher ethical standards, compared to 32 percent for the Republicans. Forty-seven percent think the Democrats are more likely to share their moral values, versus 38 percent for the Republicans.
By more than two to one, Americans see Republicans as more corrupt.
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.
That poll also finds Americans are more negative than ever before about the state of the Iraq war. Just 31 percent think the war is going well, the lowest number ever in this poll; while two-thirds say the war is going badly, the highest number ever.
Some of you have said that no matter how bad the polls look now, you still expect Rove to pull off a miracle or Diebold to save the day for the GOP. Neither will happen. Rove cannot convince the disillusioned base to come out if that base no longer trusts their leaders or finally understands that their leaders have been using them for years. Similarly, Diebold can swing an election where the parties or candidates are within five points or so of each other without the result immediately being suspect. But if the storyline the rest of the way is that the Democrats are piling up a large lead in the generic ballot, and then somehow on Election Day a dispirited base suddenly turns out to vote and gives the GOP a slim several point win, no one will buy it, not even the sycophants in the media.