HolyCoast: Dems Overtake GOP in Generic Congressional Ballot

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dems Overtake GOP in Generic Congressional Ballot

For the first time in a long time:
President Obama might be right: Nancy Pelosi could become House speaker again.

A new Rasmussen poll just released finds that Democrats lead Republicans on the generic congressional ballot for roughly the first time in two-and-a-half years, a period that brought the nation the Tea Party and the overwhelming GOP victory in the 2010 midterm elections.

According to the new poll, 41 percent of likely voters would choose the Democrat in their district's congressional race, while 40 percent would go for the generic Republican.

Said Rasmussen, "Since the week of June 15, 2009, Republicans have led on the ballot every week but one, leading by as much as 12 points and as little as one. The last time the Democrats earned this much support was when the two parties were tied at 41% each in mid-November."

Of course, the approval ratings of both House parties is dismally low, but the switch to the Democrats in the generic ballot is a possible sign that voters might be souring on the Republicans who fought Obama over spending last year, led by the new Tea Party class.
I think there may be buyer's remorse, but not for the reason stated in the article. Some may object to the GOP fighting Obama, but what did those people think they were getting when they elected so many Republicans? I think the buyer's remorse, if any, is coming from people who expected much, much more out of the new GOP congress only to see it stymied by its own leadership. The GOP failed to listen to the voters and now they're paying the price in the polls.

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