A new Rasmussen poll shows that 61% of American adults think Republican leaders have been “protecting [Mark] Foley for several years.” Only 21% believe the House leadership's story that it just learned about Foley's behavior. The poll was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday night.
About 70% of independents, 30% of Republicans and 84% of Democrats believe the leaders have been protecting Foley.
Writes Rasmussen, "The data supports speculation that this issue could have a devastating impact on Republican prospects at the polls this fall."
At last word, Dennis Hastert and Republican leaders were holed up with a garrison of loyal House colleagues in a chapel somewhere in Texas.