GOP has edge in early midterm indicator

by Paul Steinhauser,
December 28, 2013

Washington- Democrats have lost their advantage and Republicans now have a slight edge in the battle for control of Congress, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates that President Barack Obama may be dragging down Democratic congressional candidates, and that the 2014 midterm elections are shaping up to be a low-turnout event, with only three in 10 registered voters extremely or very enthusiastic about voting next year.

Two months ago, Democrats held a 50%-42% advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, which asked respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district without identifying the candidates. That result came after congressional Republicans appeared to overplay their hand in the bitter fight over the federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling.

But the Democratic lead evaporated, and a CNN poll a month ago indicated the GOP holding a 49%-47% lead. The new survey, conducted in mid-December, indicates Republicans with a 49%-44% edge over the Democrats.

The 13-point swing over the past two months follows a political uproar over Obamacare, which included the botched rollout of and controversy over the possiblity of insurance policy cancelations due primarily to the new health law.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • modernminuteman says:

    Keep bashing the Tea Party GOP and see what happens! The Tea Party is trying to bring true conservatives back to the republican party and the GOP fights that at their own peril.

  • 1commonjoe says:

    I’m voteing ALL Republican 2014, and they Better Stand Up For The Constitution And The People. Or I Won’t vote 2016! I’m fed Up! Get the Picture?

  • edgineer says:

    It hinges on whether the Democrats can cheat enough to steal another election.

  • John Henry says:

    This is all bull hocky … the only thing that matters is what happens on voting day … who votes, who stays home, and if the unions and the black panthers are allowed free reign again. Last election so many dead Ohio people made it to the polls, you would think that resurrection day had occurred. Then there were the voting machines set up by the SEIU, in some districts 100% voted for Obama … impossible.

    Once these GOP guys think its in the bag their done…

  • paulyz says:

    I can’t wait to see the polls after Millions more Americans get hit with high health care costs or lose their insurance. We have to get rid of Obamacare, & Liberal Democrat control of the Government.

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