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Poll shows GOP has uphill climb

Oct. 19, 2006 at 12:32 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A new poll shows Republican lawmakers facing an uphill battle with U.S. voters just 20 days until Election Day.

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found only 16 percent of voters approve of the GOP-led Congress, the lowest mark for any Congress since 1992, MSNBC reported.

President George W. Bush's approval rating is at 38 percent, a one-point decline from a previous NBC/Journal poll released earlier this month.

MSNBC said just 32 percent of respondents see the Republican Party in a positive light, while 49 percent view it negatively.

"There is not a single number in here that would suggest the Democrats will not have their best showing in a decade -- and maybe two decades," said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican Bill McInturff.

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