Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., resigned from office Sept. 29 after he was questioned about sexually explicit instant messages he sent in 2003 to a former page who was a minor at the time. Since his resignation, there has been speculation about how much his party leaders knew, and when. The Southeast Missourian's poll asked, "Will the recent scandals in Congress influence your vote in the November election?" Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100. (505 votes)
* No: 53 percent
* Yes: 45 percent
* Not sure: 2 percent
* "Scandals on both sides are greatly exaggerated. Stick to the issues, everyone!"
* "Nothing but a bunch of gays and lesbians."
* "None of the candidates from Missouri were involved in any of the recent scandals. They should not be held accountable for the actions of another person within their party. My vote will not change."
* "Of course it will. Why would it not?"
* "I suppose the old saying of 'don't do as I do, do as I say' applies to Republicans. Such hypocrites."
* "The GOP is more interested in keeping the status quo than protecting the young pages. Time for a change from the White House on down. There have been too many lies to the American people."
* "Neither party is immune to scandalous behavior from its members. We forget that all our politicians are human beings, subject to human vagaries."
* "I only vote for who the media makes look good. Also I vote for who has the best commercial. You guessed it -- I am a Democrat."
* "So much for 'right values'."
* "I already know how I will be voting. The scandals have just reinforced the reasons behind the choices I have made."
* "E-mail conversation is much less detrimental than our former President Clinton committing sex acts with Monica in the White House!"
* "I feel anyone with common sense would definitely have been influenced by the recent scandal(s). Too much of this has been going on for years and years. I hope and pray for decent, family-loving candidates to run for office."
* "Since the scandal involves only males of consenting age I don't think anyone really cares. If it were females or minors, it may be a different story."
* "Scandals happen to both sides and the opposition always exaggerates them. I vote on the issues."
* "The Foley scandal shows that Democrat or Republican, people are human and make mistakes."
* "The party of Nancy Pelosi that partners with pedophile members of NAMBLA have the audacity and the miscalculation of trying to smear the Republican party [who] had one closet gay, who wrote dirty notes, but touched no one while they were underaged or working as a page. The closet pervert resigned, separated from the Republicans, and he wasn't honored as a hero the way Democrats do their perverts and keep re-electing them to positions of power."
* "I say, get rid of the helots in Congress. They are all criminals."
* "I vote based on a candidate's positions on issues, not based on the actions of someone else. Why should anyone change their vote over something that didn't involve any of our state's politicians?"
* "My one vote doesn't count. Besides, voting is only for the rich. We poor do not have a say in things."
* "The Foley scandal shows a flaming liberal press. By contrast, the Amish tragedy receives little coverage."
* "I think that we needed a change long before the scandals in Congress."
* "I already know they are sleazes."
* "I think this is worse than the Bill Clinton scandal."
* "It's time to clean house."
* "As your question indicates, it's not a single scandal. Doesn't that saying about 'absolute power corrupts absolutely' apply here? Many have been in power too long, and all they care about is their0 own re-election instead of the people who elected them."
* "Not one of them is worth 2 cents to start with."
* "All those Democrats are gays."
* "I decided quite some time ago that it was time to get the hypocritical Republicans out of office. I've voted for them since Reagan, but not anymore."
* "People need to use their brains and vote each candidate based on sound research on where the candidate stands on the issues. If possible, analyze past performance and don't vote on knee-jerk reactions due to a few bad apples. And specifically, don't vote based on the horrid preponderance of negative advertising disgracefully produced by both sides."