Only half of those who cast ballots for DeLay in 2004 said they will do so again. And while a fourth of the 2004 DeLay voters still aren't sure whom they will vote for this year, almost 20 percent have defected to other candidates.Maybe the Bugman will have to go back to killing bugs come November? It's doubtful he'll be able to get a job as a high-paid lobbyist.
Even if heavy coverage of DeLay's problems last week caused some of the drop in support, DeLay has reason for concern when only half the people who voted for him in 2004 say they will again.
"Those are the kinds of signs that no candidate wants to have, especially one who still has legal battles coming up," said Bob Stein of Rice University, who conducted the poll with Richard Murray of the University of Houston.
DeLay may be able to win back the undecided voters, but he starts with the disadvantage of a 60 percent unfavorable rating in the district he has represented for 20 years. Only 28 percent view him favorably, according to the poll.
According to the new poll, 38 percent have changed their opinion of DeLay in the past year. And of those, 91 percent view him less favorably.
Only about half of likely GOP primary voters now rate DeLay favorably, and only 39 percent are committed to voting for him in March.
When he last faced Republican primary opposition in 2002, he won 80 percent of the vote.
Monday, January 16, 2006
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