Democrats inch ahead of GOP in congressional poll


McClatchy Washington Bureau


Democrats gained a slight edge in the battle for Congress, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.

Forty percent of voters say they'd vote for a Democrat for Congress this year, while 38 percent picked Republicans. Independents preferred Republicans, 35-27 percent.

But the news is not all good for Democrats. Quinnipiac noted that congressional Democrats "continue to be viewed as the lesser of two evils,", with a 30 percent approval rating. Republican approval is at 18 percent.

 Other findings also were neutral. Voters split on which party should control the Senate. Democrats now control 55 of the 100 seats. Forty-six percent wanted Democrats to control the House--now run by Republicans--and 45 percent wanted continued GOP control.

Other key findings:

--"American voters oppose the Affordable Care Act 55 – 41 percent and 40 percent are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports Obamacare, while 27 percent are more likely and 31 percent say this will not affect their vote.

--"Immigration also is a possible pitfall for candidates, as 39 percent of voters say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, while 29 percent are more likely and 29 percent say it won’t make a difference in their vote.

--"Raising the minimum wage is more popular as 50 percent say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports raising the minimum wage, with 25 percent less likely and 24 percent saying it won’t affect their vote."

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,578 registered voters from March 26 – 31. Margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.


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