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( (ABC News) Poll: Americans Support Searches - Public Sides With FBI in Congress Search Issue
ABC News ^ | 6/1/06 | Gary Langer

Posted on 06/01/2006 9:55:18 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

June 1, 2006 -- In the rift between Congress and the Justice Department, Americans side overwhelmingly with law enforcement: Regardless of precedent and the separation of powers, 86 percent say the FBI should be allowed to search a Congress member's office if it has a warrant.

That view is broadly bipartisan, this ABC News poll finds, ranging from 78 percent among Democrats to 94 percent of Republicans.

--snip--

Indeed this poll finds broad public skepticism about congressional ethics: Sixty-five percent of Americans give a negative rating to the ethics and honesty of members of Congress. More, 54 percent, rate their own member's ethics positively, but that's down from 69 percent in a 1989 poll.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; americans; congress; fbi; public; searches; sides; support; williamjefferson
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1 posted on 06/01/2006 9:55:22 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Politically, the Democrats have a small edge in perceived honesty, but there's not much advantage for either party on this issue. Sixteen percent of Americans think Democrats are generally more ethical and honest than Republicans; nine percent think the opposite. But most by far — 72 percent — say there isn't much difference between them.

However slight, that seven-point Democratic edge is their best in occasional polls over the last 17 years.


2 posted on 06/01/2006 9:57:06 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - "The Road to Peace in the Middle East runs thru Damascus.")
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To: NormsRevenge
It's pretty sick when the only time anything has bipartisan support there is when one of their imagined perks gets violated.

Both sides are the best of friends and have the utmost respect for each others opinions when things like this happens.

3 posted on 06/01/2006 9:58:49 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey Hastert....still think you are above the law..


4 posted on 06/01/2006 10:01:41 AM PDT by Dog
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To: Abathar
That view is broadly bipartisan, this ABC News poll finds, ranging from 78 percent among Democrats to 94 percent of Republicans.

Watch the weasels run for the tall grass after seeing these numbers.

Hey Seinsbrenner(sp) still want to hold hearings........Hahahahahahaha!

5 posted on 06/01/2006 10:03:07 AM PDT by Dog
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To: NormsRevenge

Some pols will be changing their tune perhaps, with these counts.


6 posted on 06/01/2006 10:05:19 AM PDT by bwteim (Save the USA: find jobs for RINOS in Mexico. No borders = no country.)
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To: Mo1; Howlin; Miss Marple; Cap Huff

Check out these numbers...


7 posted on 06/01/2006 10:06:18 AM PDT by Dog
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To: NormsRevenge
...ranging from 78 percent among Democrats to 94 percent of Republicans.

Interesting stat.

8 posted on 06/01/2006 10:06:18 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: NormsRevenge

We didn't need a poll to tell us this.


9 posted on 06/01/2006 10:06:20 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: hsalaw

The elitist politicans did....:-)


10 posted on 06/01/2006 10:07:12 AM PDT by Dog
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To: NormsRevenge

The only surprise is ABC willing to print the results. I guess the DNC fax machine is broken.


11 posted on 06/01/2006 10:07:15 AM PDT by mgc1122
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To: NormsRevenge

Well that should end this. Congress doesn't do a thing until it takes a poll. Now that the polls tell them what to do, this "Search" story will go away now.


12 posted on 06/01/2006 10:08:32 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (I would rather be an Iraqi in a Hidatha guarded by Marines, then a subject of Al-Qeda anywhere.)
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To: mgc1122

actually, its the republicans who have put themselves behind the 8 ball on this issue - with comments from Hastert et al, about privilege. The Dems know how to remain silent when they need to be.


13 posted on 06/01/2006 10:08:59 AM PDT by oceanview
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To: Abathar

All branches agree that it's fine to trample on the people's rights. But let one branch encroach upon another branch, and all hell breaks loose, complete with high-minded references to checks and balances and the Constitution. They jealously guard that which they routinely steal from us.


14 posted on 06/01/2006 10:10:04 AM PDT by Huck (Hey look, I'm still here.)
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To: Dog
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.

I never can think of Judas Iscariot without losing my temper. To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature, Congressman.

Mark Twain

15 posted on 06/01/2006 10:10:07 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: MNJohnnie

not our guys, they don't use polls. They march right into the line of fire over issues that have zero public support - like this one, and the Dubai ports fiasco - and take it on the chin for weeks on end before they finally get the message.


16 posted on 06/01/2006 10:11:18 AM PDT by oceanview
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To: NormsRevenge

don't used car salesmen still poll higher than Congresscritters?


17 posted on 06/01/2006 10:11:33 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 (Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!)
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To: NormsRevenge
What is it that these people don't understand about this being a NATION OF LAWS. That means we believe in obeying the law, we believe that the law applies to EVERYONE, we believe that laws that are passed should be ENFORCED.

Is Washington DC still located on Planet Earth?

18 posted on 06/01/2006 10:12:41 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: NormsRevenge
If it were not for the subpoena served on Jefferson in August 2005...I would have a bit of a problem with the FBI search of his office. Given that the subpoena opens up some big questions...I'm siding with the FBI on this one. It does bother me somewhat that the Sergeant at Arms was not present during the search.
19 posted on 06/01/2006 10:12:48 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Dog
I think it is called Visions of Grandeur
20 posted on 06/01/2006 10:14:01 AM PDT by WesternPacific
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To: WesternPacific
I think it is called Visions of Grandeur

More like delusions :)

21 posted on 06/01/2006 10:14:48 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm all for shutting down the capitol and searching everybody's offices. Let's send in the drug sniffing dogs too.


22 posted on 06/01/2006 10:15:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: cripplecreek

Sounds good to me! But they should wiretap the phones and PCs while they're at it.


23 posted on 06/01/2006 10:17:49 AM PDT by AntiGuv ("..I do things for political expediency.." - Sen. John McCain on FOX News)
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To: NormsRevenge
"...congressional ethics..."

Yer basic "oxymoron."

24 posted on 06/01/2006 10:18:12 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: NormsRevenge

Even if the GOP can some how hold on to the House, Hastert has to go as Speaker.


25 posted on 06/01/2006 10:21:19 AM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: AntiGuv

If we want to be sure that all things are equal we should demand that all fences around the capitol be removed and anyone caught sneaking onto the grounds must be caught and released.


26 posted on 06/01/2006 10:22:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: NormsRevenge

We have been told by the "you don't have a right to drive crowd" that there is no expectation of privacy when driving on a public road. Well congress critters you should have no expectation of privacy when you are in a public building. You may think it is your office but it is owned by the legal citizens of the USA and if a judge sees fit to issue a search warrant then STHU.


27 posted on 06/01/2006 10:22:12 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (The difference between democrats and terrorists is the terrorists don't claim to support the troops)
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To: NormsRevenge
"... 86 percent say the FBI should be allowed to search a Congress member's office if it has a warrant. ...

14% RAGING STUPID MORON ALERT

28 posted on 06/01/2006 10:22:53 AM PDT by Smedley
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To: NormsRevenge

Members of Congress are just 535 (of 2.7 million) Federal employees and no more deserving of respect that the average ATF agent. Any respect must be earned.


29 posted on 06/01/2006 10:29:51 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: NormsRevenge

Even 78% of the rat's rank and file get it. Wow if only they could understand issues that are just one click more complicated , but .......


30 posted on 06/01/2006 10:30:29 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (John Spencer: Fighting to save America from Hillary Clinton..)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sensenbrenner and Darrel Issa better pay attention.


31 posted on 06/01/2006 10:30:58 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Wurlitzer
Well congress critters you should have no expectation of privacy when you are in a public building. You may think it is your office but it is owned by the legal citizens of the USA and if a judge sees fit to issue a search warrant then STHU.

Thank you. Funny how the same people who said the Congressional oversite of the public space that is the Oval Office during the Monica scandal was valid, not the invasion of Bubba's *private life* as he claimed are the very same who now decry a valid subpeona issued by the Judiciary because criminal activity is suspected on grounds the search breeches the separation of powers. Baloney.

32 posted on 06/01/2006 10:32:04 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: MNJohnnie

Okay Johnnie...to be fair, we denounce polls when they show "bad" results...so we have to do what we normally do, ADD about 5 points that these polls usually subtract from "our side"...

LOL....so that would put it over 90%!!!


33 posted on 06/01/2006 10:33:16 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: oceanview

Yeah, Chet Edwards, my congressman, voted for the House version of the immigration bill, and kept his mouth shut about the ethics investigation. I can't vote for him cause he's a gun-grabber and a pro-abort, but I have to admit he's a very good politician. Guys like him are what keep the Rats from sinking. He's very pro-military, and you'll NEVER hear him bad-mouthing the troops.


34 posted on 06/01/2006 10:37:06 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (I like to make everyone's day a little more surreal)
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To: NormsRevenge
That view is broadly bipartisan, this ABC News poll finds, ranging from 78 percent among Democrats to 94 percent of Republicans.

wow... I guess 22% of democRATS approve of congress being above the law.... doesn't surprise me... but I bet this would be reversed if it was a republicRAT that was in the cross-hairs of the Federal B.I.
35 posted on 06/01/2006 10:39:23 AM PDT by fhlh (Polls are for Strippers.)
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To: oceanview
They march right into the line of fire over issues that have zero public support - like this one, and the Dubai ports fiasco - and take it on the chin for weeks on end before they finally get the message.

Its effing amazing. A good friend of mine works on the Hill and the last party I saw him at a couple of months ago he defended Patrick Kennedy, the Dubai Ports deal, and then said illegal immigration and high gas prices would not be an issue in the coming election. What effing planet do these people live on? Mind you, my friend is a conservative Republican.

36 posted on 06/01/2006 10:44:29 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: NormsRevenge
I remember a couple years ago when the head of the Alabama Supreme Court was ordered to remove the ten commandments from the court house. There was a poll at the time that something like 80% plus in the survey agreed that the Chief Justice of the court should be allowed to display the 10 commandments. That poll did not help him. He was removed from his office any way.
37 posted on 06/01/2006 10:46:39 AM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: NormsRevenge
86%

well that means the GOP will screw us on this too

They just KNOW we'll support them in giving the evidence back to the crook.

38 posted on 06/01/2006 10:48:18 AM PDT by GeronL (Bush lost his mojo??)
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To: Dog
Sensenbrenner is getting on my nerves on this issue.

That one-sided "hearing" that Sensenbrenner orchestrated reminded me more of the impeach-Bush "hearings" that Conyers (the Dem ranking member) conducted.

Cheap publicity stunts.

39 posted on 06/01/2006 10:50:40 AM PDT by george wythe
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To: cripplecreek

There may be some trouble in getting a warrant even though there's lots of "probable cause".


40 posted on 06/01/2006 10:54:00 AM PDT by RBroadfoot
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To: NormsRevenge
I am shocked that ABC REPORTED the results of this poll.

It is my belief "YOU WILL NOT HEAR ABOUT THIS much longer. It will not be reported incessantly LIKE BUSH's poll numbers!!

41 posted on 06/01/2006 10:57:05 AM PDT by PISANO (We will not tire......We will not falter.......We will NOT FAIL!!! .........GW Bush [Oct 2001])
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To: Dog

Denny Hastert idiot alert. Hastert took a story about a corrupt dem and turned it into a fight between repub leadership and the white house.


42 posted on 06/01/2006 10:57:51 AM PDT by double_down
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To: NormsRevenge

I agree the biggest mistake the Republican congressional leadership did was to complain about the FBI searches. It fairly or unfairly portrays the Republicans as attempting to hide possible criminal activity under the cloak of constitutional rights.


43 posted on 06/01/2006 10:58:58 AM PDT by baltoga
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To: Dog
I look forward to the Gonzales And Mueller hearings

That is if the congresscritters are still stupid enough to have them

Congress is not a sanctuary to hide and commit federal crimes by selling out our country to fatten their bank accounts
44 posted on 06/01/2006 11:00:02 AM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: NormsRevenge
In the rift between Congress and the Justice Department, Americans side overwhelmingly with law enforcement: Regardless of precedent and the separation of powers, 86 percent say the FBI should be allowed to search a Congress member's office if it has a warrant.

Is it possible that 14% of all Americans are crooked politicians or the beneficiaries of the crooked politicians largess?

45 posted on 06/01/2006 11:04:21 AM PDT by RJL
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To: NormsRevenge

Another data point for my tagline.


46 posted on 06/01/2006 11:10:08 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: McGavin999

The Senate passed its immigration bill in order to create an atmoshere of a nation of lawbreakers in order mitigate their own lawbreaking.


47 posted on 06/01/2006 11:27:17 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Uncle Hal

Amen; he is the weakest most inept speaker of the house I have seen in my lifetime. We; as Conservatives should examine the process that give us senators like Spector and representatives such as Hastert. While we are at why hasn't John McCain been told bluntly not in this party not ever,"we wish you well in finding your presidential nomination but it won't be coming from here". I'm sick to death of the party that I have supported since I first was able to vote selling out like a crack whore trying to buy one more rock.


48 posted on 06/01/2006 11:59:16 AM PDT by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: KC_Conspirator

I hate to tell you, but while your friend might be republican, with his attitudes, he is NO conservative.


49 posted on 06/01/2006 4:55:21 PM PDT by Surtur (Free Trade is NOT Fair Trade unless both economies are equivalent.)
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To: Dog

Hastert really needs to retire. He has no credibility left after this fiasco. Jefferson (D-LA) gave the Repubicans the corruption issue on a silver platter, and incredibly, Pelosi talked Hastert into going after the FBI..snatching defeat from the jaws of victory yet again. The GOP suffers from the Charlie Brown syndrome. Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown just as he is about to kick it is an apt representation of how the Dems manage to fool the Republicans over and over.


50 posted on 06/01/2006 5:05:44 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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