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USA Today/Gallup Poll Shows Democrats Midterm Election Hopes Dim

September 7, 2010 by  

USA Today/Gallup Poll Shows Democrats Midterm Election Hopes DimWith the mid-term election season getting into full swing following the Labor Day holiday, a USA Today/Gallup poll reveals that Democrat hopes of holding onto both houses of Congress are dimming.

The poll showed that voter dissatisfaction with the party in power is greater than it was in 1994 and 2006 when the party in power — Democrat in 1994 and Republican in 2006 — was swept away in a tsunami of voter backlash.

On the question: “Suppose that after the November elections most of the present members of Congress are replaced with new members. Would it change Congress for better or worse?,” 75 percent of those polled said it would change for the better, USA Today reports. Only 14 percent believed it would change for the worse.

While that would seem to be good news for Republicans, the poll shows that nearly half of those supporting Republican candidates are doing so out of a desire to defeat the Democrats rather than in support of the Republican. By a margin of 2-1 those polled who said they will vote for a Republican indicate they would rather vote for someone other than their current GOP member of Congress, USA Today reported.

“It’s good news for Republicans winning elections in the fall, but it may sow divisions for governing in January,” Lawrence Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota told the news source. “It’s a mandate for change from the Democrats but not a mandate for Tea Party policies” that may divide the GOP later.

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