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Poll Indicates Bipartisan Support for White House Disclosure on Lobbyist


A new poll indicates a majority of both Republicans and Democrats think President Bush should disclose contacts between his staff and disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

A Washington Post/ABC poll released Saturday says 76 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed say President Bush should release lists of all meetings between Abramoff and his staff. Broken down by party lines, two-thirds of Republicans favored disclosure, as well as eighty percent of Democrats and independents.

At a news conference Thursday, President Bush said federal prosecutors are welcome to look into those meetings, but he denied knowing Abramoff.

Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud charges earlier this month and agreed to cooperate with a federal corruption probe.

The poll also found that 56 percent of respondents disapprove of the way President Bush is handling ethics in government.

Some information for this reoport provided by Reuters.

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