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Gallup: House GOP Majority In Trouble

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 12 (UPI) — Republicans might find their grip on the U.S. House slipping with the latest Gallup poll indicating more than half of registered voters leaning Democratic.

Fifty-one percent of those polled said if elections were held today, they would vote Democratic, with 44 percent saying they’d vote Republican.

“The Democratic Party may be better positioned today to win seats in the 2012 congressional elections than it was leading up to the 2010 midterms that resulted in its loss of 63 House seats and majority control,” Gallup said. “However, the Democrats’ advantage is currently not as strong as that seen in 2006, when they regained majority control from the Republicans, or in 2008, when they maintained it.”

The poll, released Friday but taken Aug. 4-7 before this week’s wild stock market gyrations, found voters reacting negatively toward Tea Party endorsement of candidates, with 42 percent saying such an endorsement would make them less likely to vote for a candidate and 23 percent saying they would view such an endorsement positively. Among Republicans, 44 percent said a Tea Party endorsement would make them more likely to vote for a candidate and 42 percent said it would make no difference. Among Democrats, a Tea Party endorsement would be the kiss of death for 66 percent.

“To re-establish a more favorable positioning with voters, the Republican Party will have to deal carefully with the national Tea Party movement,” Gallup said. “While most Republicans say Tea Party endorsements either make no difference to their vote or increase their likelihood of supporting a candidate, at this point the effect on the all-important independent vote is more negative than positive.”

The survey queried 1,319 people, 1,204 of them registered voters, 18 and older and had an error margin of 4 percentage points.

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  • rangerrebew

    The REAL problem is not the Tea Party, the REAL problem is that repugnantcans have no intestinal fortitude and seem to have decided that “if you can’t beat em, join em.” Washington is a cesspool of bloated egos, bloated check books, con artists, extortionists, philanderers, alcoholics, junkies and every other form of corruption imaginable to mankind. They will sacrifice the freedom of Americans as long as they can retain their gravytrain; by that I mean repugnantcans and commiecrats alike.

  • Kelsonus

    Not a chance this poll is correct, someone forgot to go back and check their math.
    In order for this Earth shattering poll to be right, we would have needed something the size of 911 to put a bad light on not just Congress, but specifically the GOP.
    The debt fight you say? Hardly. You’d have to believe everyone sided with Obama and there’s no evidence of that. Reid and Pelosi showed NO leadership so that cannot be it.
    I know what it is, its those pesky Freshmen house Repubs not taking a vacation and blocking recess appointments by the anointed one.
    How dare they

  • Kelsonus

    And one more thing
    It must be the Tea Party ruining the GOP
    Without the Tea Party, there would not be a GOP, just Progressive lights

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