A new USA Today/Gallup poll taken over the weekend shows the most Americans want Congressional Democrats, and not President George W. Bush, to have more influence over where the country goes in 2007.

According to the poll, 63 percent of 1,004 adults questioned prefer for Democrats to have the most influence, compared to 32 percent, who still support Bush. At least half of those polled picked four issues they say are “extremely important” for the president and Congress to tackle this year: The war in Iraq, terrorism, government corruption and healthcare. Corruption, which received 52 percent, was not mentioned a few years ago.

At this point in 2005 and 2006, terrorism and the war in Iraq were tied for the top spot, which the Iraq war now has claimed for itself.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.) received a 44 percent favorable rating. Only 22 percent of adults polled did not support her. Bush’s rating was 45 percent favorable and 53 percent unfavorable.

The Democrats, who took control of both houses of Congress last week, plan during their “first 100 legislative hours” which begins tomorrow to work on passing bills on many of the issues that won them the general election in November. Those issues include adding to national security, increasing minimum wage, decreasing the interest rate on student loans, lowering the price for prescription drugs, overturning Bush’s restrictions on embryonic stem cell research and stopping subsidies to big oil companies.

Also on the poll, only 28 percent of those polled were concerned about Hurricane Katrina, compared to 35 percent last year.

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