Saturday, November 04, 2006


Newsweek press release:

New York-Three days before midterm elections, the numbers haven't changed much according to the November 2-3, 2006 Newsweek Poll. If the election were held today, 54 percent of likely voters would vote for the Democratic candidate in their district, versus 38 percent who would vote for the Republican. Ninety percent of Republican likely voters say they would support the Republican candidate; 95 percent of Democrats would support the Democratic candidate. But among independents, 51 percent would vote for the Democrat, compared to 26 percent who would vote for the Republican.

A majority of Americans, 53 percent, say that they would most like to see the Democrats win enough seats on Tuesday to take over Congress, according to the latest Newsweek Poll; 32 percent would most like to see the Republicans keep control.

In deciding their vote for Congress this year, registered voters say Iraq remains the most important issue. Thirty-two percent of registered voters told the Newsweek Poll that the situation in Iraq is most important; 19 percent say the economy is most important; 12 percent say that terrorism is; 11 percent say health care; 10 percent say immigration; 5 percent say abortion and 3 percent say stem cell research.

President Bush's approval rating remains low-35 percent; compared to 37 percent in the October 26-27, 2006 Newsweek Poll. Sixty-four percent say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States; only 29 percent say they are satisfied.