New poll shows GOP advantage in 2014
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.Historically these generic ballots understate the GOP vote be cause they don't screen for likely voters. In other words, Democrats are likely to lose seats in even greater numbers as voters register their anger about Obamacare. It will still probably take at least two elections to kill it.
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.