Poll: GOP Reclaims Lead On Congressional Generic Ballot

Republicans have reclaimed the edge over Democrats in next year’s midterms, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The latest CNN/ORC International survey showed the GOP with a two-point advantage, 49 percent to 47 percent, on the congressional generic ballot — a dramatic reversal from just last month when Democrats led by eight.

It’s not the only recent poll to show Democrats surrendering the upper-hand ahead of 2014. A Quinnipiac University survey earlier this month found Republicans tied with Democrats on the generic ballot question, a month after the GOP trailed by nine.

The polls are an indication that the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act has offset the political advantage Democrats gained during the government shutdown.  


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