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Survey of 1,000 Adults

Conducted October 17 - 18, 2006

Daily Snapshot

October 17 - 18, 2006  How closely have you followed news stories about the situation involving former Congressman Mark Foley?            How closely have you followed news stories about the situation involving former Congressman Mark Foley?
Gender 3 Party < 40 > Investors Marital Status Race Age Income
▼ Response ▼ TOTAL Men Women GOP Dem Other < Men Men 40+ < Wom  Wom 40+ Inv Non Married Not married White Black Other 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65+ < 20k 20k-40k 40-60k 60k-75k 75k-100k 100k>
Very closely 26% 30% 21% 25% 26% 26% 26% 32% 8% 24% 33% 18% 29% 21% 26% 26% 24% 17% 15% 32% 32% 29% 18% 23% 23% 32% 21% 48%
Somewhat closely 31% 29% 32% 34% 32% 26% 18% 33% 22% 35% 31% 31% 30% 33% 31% 34% 24% 20% 32% 31% 34% 37% 28% 32% 32% 34% 27% 33%
Not very closely 28% 24% 30% 25% 29% 29% 31% 23% 42% 28% 25% 30% 28% 27% 27% 26% 34% 36% 30% 26% 25% 21% 30% 29% 33% 23% 37% 15%
Not at all closely 14% 13% 14% 16% 11% 14% 19% 12% 28% 10% 9% 17% 12% 17% 14% 8% 15% 24% 20% 10% 7% 8% 20% 14% 11% 12% 13% 5%
                                                       
October 17 - 18, 2006  How do you rate the way Republican leaders in Congress have handled the Foley situation?                How do you rate the way Republican leaders in Congress have handled the Foley situation?    
Gender 3 Party < 40 > Investors Marital Status Race Age Income
▼ Response ▼ TOTAL Men Women GOP Dem Other < Men Men 40+ < Wom  Wom 40+ Inv Non Married Not married White Black Other 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65+ < 20k 20k-40k 40-60k 60k-75k 75k-100k 100k>
Excellent 9% 13% 6% 15% 6% 7% 16% 13% 5% 6% 12% 7% 11% 7% 9% 8% 13% 11% 9% 11% 9% 7% 7% 8% 13% 11% 8% 15%
Good 14% 12% 15% 27% 4% 12% 8% 13% 19% 15% 16% 12% 14% 13% 15% 5% 15% 14% 9% 10% 19% 17% 9% 13% 16% 21% 11% 17%
Fair 21% 20% 22% 28% 19% 15% 24% 18% 16% 24% 22% 20% 22% 20% 23% 21% 9% 20% 19% 21% 21% 23% 24% 25% 22% 13% 21% 13%
Poor 39% 43% 36% 14% 54% 49% 34% 46% 36% 36% 39% 40% 39% 40% 36% 49% 50% 35% 38% 44% 39% 40% 39% 38% 31% 40% 46% 47%
                                                       
October 17 - 18, 2006  Suppose that Foley had been a Democrat…would Democratic leaders in Congress handled the situation better, worse, or about the same?                          
Gender 3 Party < 40 > Investors Marital Status Race Age Income
▼ Response ▼ TOTAL Men Women GOP Dem Other < Men Men 40+ < Wom  Wom 40+ Inv Non Married Not married White Black Other 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65+ < 20k 20k-40k 40-60k 60k-75k 75k-100k 100k>
Better 19% 21% 17% 5% 36% 13% 23% 21% 17% 17% 17% 21% 20% 18% 18% 24% 18% 20% 14% 16% 21% 24% 20% 23% 15% 23% 19% 16%
Worse 22% 22% 21% 44% 9% 13% 20% 23% 22% 21% 25% 19% 23% 19% 21% 13% 33% 21% 17% 23% 22% 24% 16% 22% 31% 18% 17% 23%
About the same 43% 43% 42% 41% 35% 53% 39% 44% 35% 44% 45% 41% 42% 43% 43% 41% 41% 37% 48% 48% 41% 37% 43% 40% 39% 43% 42% 51%
                                                       
October 17 - 18, 2006   How common is it for members of Congress to have inappropriate relationships with their staff?               How common is it for members of Congress to have inappropriate relationships with their staff?  
Gender 3 Party < 40 > Investors Marital Status Race Age Income
▼ Response ▼ TOTAL Men Women GOP Dem Other < Men Men 40+ < Wom  Wom 40+ Inv Non Married Not married White Black Other 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65+ < 20k 20k-40k 40-60k 60k-75k 75k-100k 100k>
Very common 18% 19% 17% 17% 22% 14% 13% 20% 22% 16% 16% 19% 17% 19% 16% 28% 18% 17% 21% 22% 20% 8% 25% 19% 14% 11% 18% 21%
Somewhat common 29% 29% 29% 29% 27% 32% 22% 31% 26% 30% 29% 29% 30% 27% 29% 28% 32% 24% 32% 35% 25% 29% 26% 28% 28% 31% 34% 32%
Not very common 23% 26% 20% 27% 24% 18% 33% 25% 27% 18% 26% 20% 21% 26% 25% 13% 20% 30% 12% 22% 24% 25% 13% 27% 27% 29% 14% 29%
Not at all common 6% 6% 6% 7% 6% 4% 9% 5% 6% 6% 6% 5% 6% 5% 6% 4% 6% 8% 7% 3% 5% 7% 7% 5% 4% 8% 9% 5%
                                                       
October 17 - 18, 2006  In terms of impacting your vote for the U. S. Senate this fall, how important is the situation involving Mark Foley?          In terms of impacting your vote for the U. S. Senate this fall, how important is the situation involving Mark Foley?
Gender 3 Party < 40 > Investors Marital Status Race Age Income
▼ Response ▼ TOTAL Men Women GOP Dem Other < Men Men 40+ < Wom  Wom 40+ Inv Non Married Not married White Black Other 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-64 65+ < 20k 20k-40k 40-60k 60k-75k 75k-100k 100k>
Very important 15% 13% 18% 9% 24% 12% 12% 13% 19% 18% 15% 16% 15% 16% 13% 29% 17% 15% 6% 16% 21% 16% 20% 19% 8% 15% 10% 13%
Somewhat important 21% 18% 23% 19% 25% 19% 18% 18% 26% 23% 20% 22% 20% 23% 23% 18% 14% 22% 22% 17% 23% 20% 28% 20% 26% 17% 12% 20%
Not very important 27% 29% 26% 30% 25% 29% 21% 32% 16% 28% 32% 24% 30% 24% 28% 23% 30% 19% 32% 30% 29% 27% 18% 34% 26% 21% 34% 31%
Not at all important 25% 28% 23% 37% 15% 25% 22% 29% 23% 22% 30% 20% 27% 22% 27% 14% 22% 22% 29% 30% 21% 24% 13% 15% 32% 36% 40% 35%