59.5% Nationwide Call for Tom Delay's Resignation According to Sacred Heart University Poll

Bush Approval Rating, Sentiments on Iraq, Education, Steroid Testing, and

Terri Schiavo Among Poll Results

May 03, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sacred Heart University

    FAIRFIELD, Conn., May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a national poll by
 the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute, a majority of Americans
 surveyed, 59.5%, suggest that Congressman Tom DeLay should resign from his
 position as House Majority Leader.
     "The poll numbers regarding Congressman DeLay have serious political
 consequences for Republicans in the forthcoming 2006 congressional elections,
 and suggest that pressure for resignation will most likely be forthcoming from
 fellow Republican Congressmen who see DeLay as a serious political liability,"
 stated Dr. Gary L. Rose, professor and chair of Sacred Heart University's
 Department of History and Political Science.
     The Poll surveyed Americans nationwide on a variety of subjects, from the
 President's approval rating and the current direction of events in Iraq to
 education, the "No Child Left Behind" act, steroid testing among high school
 athletes and Terri Schiavo.
     Majority Leader Tom DeLay
     Nearly half of those surveyed, 46.5%, indicated they are following the
 U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ethics issues. Another 49.1% suggested
 either not following the issue very closely or not at all.
     Among those with an opinion and following the issue closely, 59.5%,
 suggested that Congressman DeLay resign his leadership position.  Another
 40.5% said he should not give up his post.
     As for resigning from the U.S. Congress, 45.3% with an opinion and
 following the issue closely suggested he should while 54.7% said he should not
     President George W. Bush
     The Sacred Heart University Poll shows President George Bush's favorable
 job rating at 52.3% -- down from 55.4% in October 2004 and 57.7% in April
     Americans are evenly split over the current direction of events in Iraq.
 Among those with an opinion, 45.7% suggest the situation in Iraq is moving in
 the right direction while 45.0% said in the wrong direction.  Another 9.3%
 said either there is no movement or the situation is stagnant.
     And, in retrospect, 49.8% indicated that the American actions in Iraq were
 the wrong decision while 36.8% said it was the right decision.  Some, 13.4%,
 were unsure.
     Over three quarters of Americans surveyed, 77.8%, suggested they were very
 or somewhat aware of the "No Child Left Behind Act."  Together with those
 suggesting they were somewhat unaware, total awareness, at any level, is
     Among aware survey respondents, 42.4% see the Act as very or somewhat
 successful while 42.3% indicated they considered the Act somewhat unsuccessful
 or not at all successful.  Another 15.2% were unsure.  African Americans are
 significantly more likely to suggest the Act is successful (48.8%) than the
 general population.
     Regarding school vouchers -- allowing parents to move their children from
 under-performing schools to more successful schools -- 69.4% of those with an
 opinion said they supported school vouchers.  Another 30.4% were opposed.
 And, again, African Americans are significantly more likely to support school
 vouchers (77.3%) than the general population.
     Steroid Use
     A large majority of Americans surveyed, 87.3%, suggested they strongly
 supported (67.3%) or somewhat supported (19.7%) random testing of high school
 athletes for steroid use.  Another 9.3% said they were somewhat opposed (3.3%)
 or strongly opposed (6.0%).  Some, 3.3% were undecided.
     Terri Schiavo
     A large majority of Americans surveyed, 79.8%, said they followed the
 issue as the President, Congress and the Courts fought over the removal of
 Terri Schiavo's feeding tube in Florida. Together with those saying they
 watched very little (8.7%), those following the fight at any level was 88.5%.
     More Americans (43.0%) supported the removal of the feeding tube than
 those opposed (39.2%), after learning that Terri Schiavo did not need a
 feeding tube to eat, was not terminally ill and her internal organs functioned
     Among those with an opinion, 52.3% supported the removal of Terri
 Schiavo's feeding tube while 47.8% were opposed. Among Hispanics,
 significantly fewer supported the removal of the feeding tube (41.2%) than the
 general population.
      - Gary Rose, Ph.D., professor and chair of Sacred Heart University's
        Department of History and Political Science.
      - Jerry Lindsley, director, Sacred Heart University Polling Institute
     To speak with these experts, please contact Funda Alp at 203-396-8241 or
     How the Poll Was Conducted
     The Sacred Heart University Polling Institute completed 1,000 interviews
 with residents nationwide. All phone interviews were conducted between
 April 20-28, 2005. The sample was generated proportional to population
 contribution in all fifty states. Statistically, a sample of 1,000 completed
 telephone interviews represents a margin for error of +/-3.0% at a 95%
 confidence level. Margins for error grow as subgroups of the sample are viewed
 separately. The steroid testing question was completed among 299 respondents
 nationwide with an associated margin for error of +/-6.0%.
     About Sacred Heart University
     Sacred Heart University is the first Catholic university in the United
 States to be led and staffed by lay people. Located in Fairfield, Connecticut,
 SHU is the second-largest Catholic university in New England. With over 5,700
 undergraduate and graduate students, SHU has experienced two-fold enrollment
 growth during the past ten years due to outstanding academic programs in
 business, education, liberal arts and health sciences. SHU is a Division-I
 member of the NCAA.  Visit our website at: http://www.sacredheart.edu .

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