Skip to comments.( (ABC News) Poll: Americans Support Searches - Public Sides With FBI in Congress Search Issue
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.
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.
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.
Both sides are the best of friends and have the utmost respect for each others opinions when things like this happens.
Hey Hastert....still think you are above the law..
Watch the weasels run for the tall grass after seeing these numbers.
Hey Seinsbrenner(sp) still want to hold hearings........Hahahahahahaha!
Some pols will be changing their tune perhaps, with these counts.
Check out these numbers...
We didn't need a poll to tell us this.
The elitist politicans did....:-)
The only surprise is ABC willing to print the results. I guess the DNC fax machine is broken.
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.
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.
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.
I never can think of Judas Iscariot without losing my temper. To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature, Congressman.
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.
don't used car salesmen still poll higher than Congresscritters?
Is Washington DC still located on Planet Earth?
More like delusions :)
I'm all for shutting down the capitol and searching everybody's offices. Let's send in the drug sniffing dogs too.
Sounds good to me! But they should wiretap the phones and PCs while they're at it.
Yer basic "oxymoron."
Even if the GOP can some how hold on to the House, Hastert has to go as Speaker.
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.
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.
14% RAGING STUPID MORON ALERT
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.
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 .......
Sensenbrenner and Darrel Issa better pay attention.
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.
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%!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
There may be some trouble in getting a warrant even though there's lots of "probable cause".
It is my belief "YOU WILL NOT HEAR ABOUT THIS much longer. It will not be reported incessantly LIKE BUSH's poll numbers!!
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.
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.
Is it possible that 14% of all Americans are crooked politicians or the beneficiaries of the crooked politicians largess?
Another data point for my tagline.
The Senate passed its immigration bill in order to create an atmoshere of a nation of lawbreakers in order mitigate their own lawbreaking.
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.
I hate to tell you, but while your friend might be republican, with his attitudes, he is NO conservative.
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.