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From USA Today's national surveys dating back to 1999 when relatively few Americans knew Tom DeLay:

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Tom DeLay?

Favorable -- Unfavorable -- Never heard of -- No opinion

2005 Oct 21-23 20 -- 49 -- 17 -- 14
2005 Oct 13-16 18 -- 45 -- 20 -- 17
2005 Apr 29-May 1 27 -- 38 -- 22 -- 13
2005 Apr 1-2 27 -- 31 -- 26 -- 16
2005 Feb 4-6 29 -- 24 -- 24 -- 23
2003 Jul 25-27 33 -- 19 -- 34 -- 14
1999 Sep 10-14 17 -- 11 -- 54 -- 18

In a more far-reaching development, the poll also finds that corruption in government is the number one issue voters say they'll look at for determining who'll they'll vote for, even surpassing terrorism, Iraq, and the economy in intensity:

How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this November? (sorted by extremely important)

Extremely important -- Extremely/Very important

Corruption in government 45 -- 81
Terrorism 45 -- 77
The situation in Iraq 44 -- 81
The economy 43 -- 84
Health care 42 -- 79
Gas prices 41 -- 70
Social Security 38 -- 75
Taxes 35 -- 73