USA Today/Pew Research Poll: Republicans Have 4 Point Lead in Generic Congressional Ballot Over Democrats, 47% to 43%
A new USA Today/Pew Research Poll … Democrats in trouble for 2014 midterm elections.
The latest USA Today/Pew survey has the GOP ahead of Democrats with a 4 point lead in the Generic Congressional ballot and other poor Obama polling has Democrats in a pickle heading into the 2014 midterm elections. The vote also appears to be a vote against Barack Obama and his policies than for him. According to the poll, 54% say that Barack Obama will not be a factor in their vote this fall; however, 26% see their vote as a vote against the president than only 16% for him.
With the midterm elections six months away, Democrats are burdened by an uneven economic recovery and a stubbornly unpopular health care law. Perhaps equally important, Barack Obama’s political standing is in some respects weaker than it was at a comparable point in the 2010 campaign, which ended with the Republicans gaining a majority in the House.
A national survey by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY, conducted April 23-27 among 1,501 adults (including 1,162 registered voters), finds that 47% of registered voters support the Republican candidate in their district or lean Republican, while 43% favor the Democratic candidate or lean Democratic. The trend over the past six months in the so-called generic ballot shows that Democrats have lost ground. In October, Democrats held a six-point lead (49% to 43%) in midterm voting preferences.
The Weekly Standard also points out that survey shows Obamacare polling as poorly as it ever has.
Obamacare remains stubbornly unpopular. Although the legislation received positive press coverage after the national health care exchange reached its sign-up target, a majority of Americans (55 percent) still disapprove of the law and just 41 percent approve.
Economic pessimism, a persistent problem for the administration, remains strong. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said it is difficult to find jobs in their community. Just 27 percent of respondents said it was easy. Nearly half the country believes the economy won’t change over the next year. Twenty-four percent believe it will be worse, and 25 percent think it will improve.
The public remains divided over whether the GOP would better handle the economy, however. Forty-three percent said Republican leaders could “do more to strengthen the economy over the next few years,” and 39 percent believe the Obama administration is preferable. About 9 percent see no difference between the two.