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Poll reveals Americans want Democrat Congress


A majority of Americans want the opposition Democrats to take control of the US Congress, a poll released on Saturday found.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed would like to see the Democrats secure a majority in Congress in the Nov. 7 elections, the Newsweek poll found. In contrast, 35 percent say they would like the Republicans to retain control.

"A plurality of Americans, 42 percent, now say they trust Democrats to do a better job of handling moral values," the poll found.

"This represents almost a complete reversal from an Aug. 2-Sept. 1, 2002 Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard/Washington Post poll in which 31 percent of Americans said they would trust Democrats to handle moral values better while 44 percent said they would trust Republicans more."

On the war on terror, 44 percent of Americans trust the Democrats to handle the effort instead of Republicans -- a five-point increase from a Newsweek poll conducted Aug. 10 and Aug. 11. Thirty-seven percent trust the Republicans more -- a seven-point drop from the same August Newsweek Poll.

US President George W. Bush's approval rating fell to a new low of 33 percent, a three-point drop from the Aug. 24 to Aug. 25 survey.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans disapproved of how Bush is handling his job as president, and 67 percent said they are dissatisfied with the way things are going, the poll showed.

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