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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Poll: Congressional Republicans Gaining Traction Over Democrats

Poll: Congressional Republicans Gaining Traction Over Democrats

The number of Americans who are likely to vote for a Republican candidate over a Democrat in the 2014 congressional elections has increased a net 11 points in the last month alone, according to a Fox News poll released on Wednesday.

In October, Fox News’ generic congressional ballot found that 45 percent supported Democratic candidates, and 37 percent backed Republicans. Today, Republicans lead 43 percent to 40 percent.

A majority of Americans blamed the October government shutdown on the GOP, which hurt the party’s poll numbers. But the trajectory has changed now that the government has reopened, and the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act marketplace has taken over the headlines.

The GOP still maintains a dismally low approval rating among Americans — 73 percent of voters disapprove of Republicans’ job performance, while a mere 21 approve. Democrats are slightly more popular, but their approval rating has also slipped from 33 percent in October to 29 percent in this most recent poll — 65 percent disapprove of their overall job performance.

Chris Anderson, a Democratic pollster who conducted this poll alongside Republican pollster Daron Shaw, explained that the shift was caused by Independent voters and Republicans backing their incumbent representatives.

“Voters aren’t ready to say they think the GOP is doing a good job overall, but are more willing to vote for ‘their’ Republican,” he explained.

The poll serves as a warning sign for Democrats, who remain hopeful of regaining the House in 2014. Not only does the Obamacare marketplace continue to face technical glitches, but the president has also had to apologize to Americans who received cancellation notices from their health insurance companies after he promised they could keep their health insurance if they liked it. And there is reason to believe that things will get worse for the party politically.

President Obama acknowledged as much during a press conference on Thursday. “There is no doubt that our failure to roll out the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats, whether they’re running or not,” he said.

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  • charleo1

    It sounds to me, in the soon to be five years since Obama took office, the unqualified statement, that everyone that likes their policy could keep it, is the first semi-legit, knock the Right has had to loose their full rage at this President, and, they are taking full advantage. And as usual for those seemingly stuck in radical mode, their criticisms, while fair on the issue, are being blown way out of proportion. Even as the statement is as true as it’s ever been for 95% of policy holders, the statement was incorrect, and shouldn’t have said it. But the Right should put away their pitchforks, and he shouldn’t
    buckets of tar, this doesn’t rise to the level of a long desired public lynching. Sorry!
    My advise for Republicans would be, you may make some political hay here. If you don’t, in your obvious enthusiasm, that’s evidently clouded your perspective, call Obama a liar, and a dictator, and complete fraud, as one commented here. And,
    those were the classier accusations! All used, and near worn out before this.
    Well fine. You’ve caught him, red handed, dead to rights, trying to figure out a way,
    50 million uninsured Americans can get a regular doctor. Not exactly invading a Country on false information, then changing the excuse midstream, as to why we invaded in the first place, kind of stuff.

    • Major Migraine

      Oh please, your xenophobia is showing. You should tuck that in before everyone sees it, man.

      • charleo1

        It’s my opinion the Country needs more smart people, and fewer
        smart asses. Don’t you agree?

        • Major Migraine

          Who doesn’t?

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    So, we are talking about a Fox News Poll. That means the likely people being polled were from Republican leaning districts in Republican leaning states. By sticking with Generic tags, they ignore any head-to-head contest questions and call enough people to get the results they want.

  • Bryan Blake

    I am almost to the point of not believing anything said or published at Fox Nausea. Just because the name of a Democrat is attached to their poll does not give it credibility except in the minds of those who live their lives within the confines of the “Fox Hole”. I have seen far too many Democrats appear on Fox and practically announce a change of party affiliation.

    But on the other hand: It is not unexpected that the standing of the Republicans will increase as we get further from the shutdown. It is like slamming your thumb in a car door. Scream and cuss while the pain is there, but when the pain goes away so does much of the trauma/anger of the event. The trick for the Democrats is to keep reminding the public of the moment their thumbs were stuck in the car door!

    Democrats! Do you think you can at least do that much? My second job after coming home from Vietnam was that of an encyclopedia salesperson. I did that for over a year and a half. I knocked on door after door that said no after no until I hit the few that said yes. I could not give up if I was going to pay for food and expenses and have a little money in my pocket. That job gave me confidence, tenacity, pride in accomplishment, raw determination and the essential foundation to become a small business owner.

    The Republicans are obnoxious encyclopedia salesmen 2.0. The Democrats sell like spaced out clerks at local head shops. That is why by November 2014, it will be a dead heat, despite the fact that Democrats have the policies and ideas shared by the majority of We The People while the Republicans have ideas only for the rich, super-rich and their little Tea Party Puppets.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Even though liberty unleashes prosperity, it is relentlessly attacked by those attempting to redefine it from “the absence of coercion” to “the power to coerce”.

    • Sand_Cat


  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    In this video, communistic liberal democrat Louis Michael Seidman viciously attacks the Constitution of the United States:

    • Major Migraine

      Oh, please… hyperbole and pure fantasy.

    • charleo1

      We could play you some Louie Gohmert, and Michelle Bachman, that
      would curl the hair on the back of your little anti-government neck.
      Want to hear some Neo-Nazis spew the Republican Party Platform?
      How about some good old Conservative anti-government, crapola
      from domestic terrorist Tim McVeigh, to get your juices flowing?
      If things are so bad, why don’t you consider packing your bags, and
      leave this Socialist hot bed, of people trying to expand the number of
      people that has their own doctor? Don’t care about healthcare?
      Fine. Your opinion has been duly noted. Now, get used to the fact
      this Country don’t revolve you. Got your own insurance? Good. Keep
      it paid up, because I shouldn’t have to take my money, al la, Socialist
      style, and pay your bill. Do you got that? Do you feel where this Liberal
      Sicko is coming from?

      • Liberalism is Nonsense

        Well, if Floyd Corkins, Chris Dorner, Ed Schultz, Troy Gilmore Jr., Alan Grayson, John Muhammed, Hussein Obama, Lee Boyd Malvo, Demetrius Glenn, Lakim Faust, Allan Brauer, John Van Allen, Michael Davis, and Aaron Alexis are any indication, today’s liberals are becoming increasingly unhinged, violent, and aggressive.

        • charleo1

          Well, I’d be very careful then, if I was you.
          Look, it’s a big Country. People say all kinds
          of things. I haven’t even heard of but two of
          those you listed. And I keep a fairly keen eye
          on such things. I like, and mostly agree with
          Ed, Schultz. And Alan Grayson is a House
          member from Central Fl. That endeared him-
          self to Liberals young, and old, with his GOP
          health plan. (1) Don’t get sick/ (2) If you do,
          die quickly! As far as unhinged, I haven’t
          heard of Liberals threatening to wreck the
          economy, close the Gov. or threaten to use
          2nd Amendment solutions, if the electoral
          route didn’t work out. I’d not advise a who’s
          the nuttiest contest.

  • elw

    What a joke. Come on when has any FOX poll been right about anything? They are about as fair and balanced as the news is on FOX.

  • Socialism: Organized Evil

    Where administration is assigned to “experts”, it will be naturally believed that any means necessary are legitimate in the majority’s name.

  • Socialism: Organized Evil

    Liberals are children.