The Note: Denny's Grand Slam (cont'd.)

"Beneath these numbers is palpable discontent with Republican leadership -- particularly the president's -- fueled by unhappiness with the Iraq War. Sixty percent of Americans disapprove of the president's job performance overall, five points from his worst disapproval ratings, with strong disapprovers outnumbering strong approvers by a 2-1 margin. Sixty-four percent disapprove of his handling of the war in Iraq, and a record 63 percent now say it was not worth fighting."

The Washington Post's David Broder and Dan Balz report on the Washington Post-ABC News poll that shows that "Americans, by a margin of 54 percent to 35 percent, say they trust Democrats more than Republicans to deal with the biggest problems the nation is confronting." LINK

The New York Times/CBS News poll also finds Republican advantage on national security evaporated and a double digit lead for Democrats in the generic congressional match-up. LINK

"The number of Americans who approve of Mr. Bush's handling of the campaign against terrorism dropped to 46 percent from 54 percent in the past two weeks, suggesting that he failed to gain any political lift from an orchestrated set of ceremonies marking the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. In addition, the poll shows that Americans are now evenly divided over which party they think can better handle terrorism, the first time in the Bush presidency that Democrats have matched Republicans on national security, despite a concerted White House effort to seize the advantage on the issue this month," write Adam Nagourney and Janet Elder of the New York Times.

"With four weeks left before Election Day, the poll indicates that the scandal involving Mr. Foley, a former Republican congressman from Florida, is alienating Americans from Congress, and weakening a Republican Party that was already struggling to keep control of the House and Senate. By overwhelming numbers, including majorities of Republicans, Americans said that most members of Congress did not follow the same rules of behavior as average Americans, and that most members of Congress considered themselves above the law," write Adam Nagourney and Janet Elder of the New York Times. LINK

More Nagourney/Elder: ". . . Americans are more likely to say that Democrats, and not Republicans, share their moral values."

And still more: "The problems for Congress have clearly been exacerbated by the Foley scandal. Eighty percent of Americans said they considered the Foley revelations either very serious or somewhat serious. Two-thirds said that House Republicans did not initially take the warnings seriously enough, and 62 percent said they believed House Republican leaders knew before last week that Mr. Foley had sent sexually explicit messages to teenagers."

The USA Today/Gallup poll shows Democrats with a big lead in the House race. Democrats lead by 23 points in likely voters, registered voters and adults according to the poll. In a sign that the political landscape is looking like it did in 1994, nearly 3 in 10 registered voters don't think their representative should be reelected. LINK

The New York Daily News wraps the ABC and CNN polls showing most Americans believe that House Republicans covered-up details pertaining to Mark Foley's resignation. LINK

Rove says Foley matter "complicates things":

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