Campaign 2010

Oct 24, 2013

Fox News Poll and Ratings Changes Show Democrats’ Continued Momentum

It’s been a pretty bad week for the Republican Congress as poll after poll shows the failure of their #GOPShutdown.

The newest comes from a Fox News poll showing Democrats leading the generic Congressional ballot for 2014 by 8 points and record low approval of the job Republicans in Congress are doing.

  • When asked who they would vote for if the election was held today, Democrats lead by 8 points (45 percent to 37 percent). The last time this question was asked by Fox News was in late October 2010, when Republicans led by 7 points.
  • 75 percent of voters disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, while only 20 percent approve.
  • 63 percent of voters had an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party – twice as many as had a favorable opinion (30 percent).
  • 45 percent of voters now say they identify themselves as Democrats versus only 36 percent of voters identifying themselves as Republicans.

And just today, Larry Sabato's Center for Politics changed race ratings for 2014, showing even more seats are becoming competitive while some of Republicans’ top targets are slipping away from them.

  • Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy’s seat (FL-18) went from a “Toss-up” seat to a “Leans Democratic” seat.
  • The Republican-held open seats in AR-02 (Tim Griffin) and AR-04 (Tom Cotton) have improved for Democrats – going from “Safe Republican” to “Likely Republican” (AR-04) and “Safe Republican” to “Leans Republican” (AR-02).
  • Republican Congressman Tim Walberg’s seat (MI-07) has gone from “Likely Republican” to “Leans Republican.”

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