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Posted by on Oct 6, 2006 in At TMV | 72 comments

More Bad News For Republicans

ABC News reports:

Congressional Republicans, already struggling against negative public perceptions of Congress, now face voters who say new scandals will significantly influence their vote in November.

With midterm elections less than five weeks away, the latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that about half of likely voters say recent disclosures of corruption and scandal in Congress will be very or extremely important when they cast their vote next month.

The poll of 1,501 adults, including 741 likely voters, occurred Monday through Wednesday as House Republican leaders came under increasing pressure to explain what they knew of sexually explicit messages from former Rep. Mark Foley of Florida to teenage pages.

More troubling for Republicans, the poll found that by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 likely voters says Democrats would be better at combatting political corruption than Republicans.

This problem will not go away for the Republican party. The GOP leaders should have taken full responsibility. Instead, they jumped into defense mode from the start. Admit mistakes, take full responsibility… then do some serious damage control. That’s how these things should be handled.