The Washington Post conducted a national survey April 21-24 among likely voters and included questions regarding Tom DeLay. Here are the results:
On another subject, do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom DeLay is handling his job as majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives?
No opinion: 27%
How closely have you been following the ethics charges that have been made agaist DeLay -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all?
Very closely: 8%
Somewhat closely: 28%
Not too closely: 29%
Not closely at all: 35%
No opinion: 1%
Do you think DeLay should step down as majority leader, or retain in his job?
Step down: 41%
Remain in his job: 32%
No opinion: 28%
a) With relatively few people paying attention (so far), DeLay's approval numbers are very low. Politicians like to have a better than three to one ratio in approval numbers, not worse than one to one ratio.
b) Having a plurality of voters, and more than two out of every five, wanting you to step down is not a good thing for DeLay.
c) We need to continue to educate people about DeLay's scandals, particularly those who have no opinion about the way DeLay is handling his job.
What's your take?
Update: The Washington Post's key finding (since they have the crosstabulations, they can tell us stuff like this!):
Among the 36 percent who said they have been following the allegations against DeLay, nearly two in three said DeLay should step down.