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Poll: Democratic Lead Erased On Congressional Generic Ballot

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The survey signals a dramatic reversal in the aftermath of the shutdown fight, forced by Republicans in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, when Democrats held a 9 percentage point (NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey) and 8 percentage point (CNN survey) lead over Republicans on the generic ballot.

In even more bad news for Democrats, the same Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday afternoon recorded perhaps the worst job approval numbers of Barack Obama's presidency -- with 54 percent saying they disapproved of his job handling, while just 39 percent said they approved.