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36% Feel House Speaker Hastert Should Resign

27% Say He Should Stay

Twenty-four percent (24%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of Dennis Hastert while 35% have an unfavorable opinion. Despite the uproar over Hastert’s handling of the Mark Foley situation, those numbers are essentially unchanged from a survey conducted in May. At that time, Hastert’s numbers were similar to those of other Congressional leaders.

Thirty-six percent (36%) of Americans now believe that Hastert should resign as Speaker of the House, while 27% disagree. Republicans oppose his resignation by a 3-to-1 margin (48% to 16%) while Democrats believe he should resign by a five-to-one margin (50% to 10%). Among those not affiliated with either major party, 41% favor his resignation while 27% are opposed.

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