Hope and change!
Support for Republican congressional candidates has reached its highest level in over two years as the GOP lengthens its lead over Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Ballot.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 42% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 38% would opt for the Democratic candidate.
Support for Republican candidates rose two points over the past week, while support for Democratic candidates is up one point. Last week, support for Democrats fell to its lowest level in over two years.
So, support for Republican congressional candidates has reached its highest level in over two years, while support for Dems fell to its lowest level in over two years last week. Sweet.
Here’s how the last five weeks have looked for the Generic Congressional Ballot:
June 21, 2009: Dem 41, GOP 39
June 28, 209: GOP 41, Dem 39
July 5, 2009: GOP 41, Dem 38
July 12, 2009: GOP 40, Dem 37
July 19, 2009: GOP 42, Dem 38
In the same time frame, Obama’s approval ratings have gone from 58.7% approve, 33.7% disapprove to 56.2% approve, 38% disapprove.
Also in the same time frame, the number of people who think country is headed in the right direction has gone from 43.1% to 36.2%. The number of those who say we’re on the wrong track has gone from 48.6% to 55.6%.
That’s music to the ears of Republicans who have been waiting for a resurgence back into power. The McDonnell/Deeds and Christie/Corzine races will reveal a lot more than these polls about the true mood of the country, and will either offer a huge boost or a huge blow to Repubs heading into 2010. Right now, those races look good for us, but November’s still a looong way off.