Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Coming off his Monday night fundraiser with VP Dick Cheney, and just a day after a Texas judge upheld two of the three charges against him, embattled former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's poll numbers have dropped to their lowest levels yet.
In a brand new poll of DeLay's District 22 constituents, USA Today/Gallup asked voters: In the 2006 midterm election, are you more likely to vote to re-elect DeLay or vote for the Democratic Party's candidate for Congress?
Tom DeLay -- 36%
The Democrat -- 49%
It is worthy to note that DeLay was re-elected to Congress last year by a 55%-41% margin.
As for DeLay's new approval numbers:
Favorable -- 37%
Unfavorable -- 52%
Voters were also asked about the DeLay indictments, and whether they believe the charges are true:
Definitely or Probably True -- 55%
Definitely or Probably False -- 34%
Needless to say, DeLay continues to be in big trouble, facing mounting pressure and challenges from the House Ethics Committee and the judicial system. And now in his hometown, voters are increasingly voicing their disapproval of him as well. He is extremely vulnerable, giving Democratic challenger Nick Lampson a real opportunity to pull out a victory next year.