Virginians Rejecting "Macaca?" Allen Trails Webb In Latest Poll
A new Zogby/Wall Street Journal poll has challenger James Webb overtaking incumbent Sen. George Allen in the battle to represent Virginia.
The poll has Webb -- former Navy Secretary in the Reagan Administration but now a Democrat --up 50.4% to 42.9%, a five-point swing from a SurveyUSA poll taken last month.
As recently as July, Allen had a double-digit lead, with some polls showing a lead of nearly 20 percentage points.
The reversal of fortunes began when Allen insulted a man of Indian descent who was tracking the Republican's re-election campaign for Webb.
Allen either called the man, S.R. Siddarth, a "macaca" -- a slur that literally means "a monkey,' but also can mean "shithead" -- or Macaque, a French slur used to describe North Africans. (Allen is of French Tunisian descent.) Allen, who told the Associated Press that the name was "just made up," later offered a lame apology.
The SurveyUSA poll found that 67% of Virginians knew about Allen's "macaca" comment, and of those, 56% disapproved.