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GOP, Dem Pollsters Agree: Republicans Have Been Hurt Badly By Shutdown

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Moreover, the poll found Democrats in a promising position entering next year's midterm elections. Forty-six percent said they would vote for the Democratic congressional candidate if the 2014 midterms were held today, while 36 percent said they would prefer the GOP candidate.

A memo released Thursday by GOP firm Resurgent Republic acknowledged that the shutdown is "more toxic to voters" than the Affordable Care Act, noting that the "plan of using a government shutdown to spark a national discussion on Obamacare fell flat."

The pollster contended that if "Republicans can put the shutdown dysfunction in their rear view mirror, they can move to a more favorable playing field." 

These relases coincide with an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday that painted a very bleak political landscape for the GOP.