Gallup: Republicans Lead Generic Congressional Ballot by Six Points Despite 36% Approval Rating

From Gallup:

Americans’ favorable ratings of the Democratic and Republican parties are near record lows for each. The current 36% favorable score for the Republican Party is five percentage points above the low established in December 1998 as the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Clinton. The Democratic Party’s 43% is two points higher than its record low measured in March.

Despite that 36% mark, Gallup released their Generic Congressional Ballot poll today, and it showed Republicans with a 49%-43% lead among registered voters. That’s the largest-ever lead for Republicans since Gallup started conducting polling on the GCB in 1950.

Rasmussen also released a new GCB poll today and found Republicans with a seven point lead among likely voters. In the last two months, Republicans have led by 5-10 points in each Rasmussen poll.

Meanwhile, in a poll released last week, Quinnipiac had Democrats up six points in their GCB poll of registered voters. Fully acknowledging my bias, I highly doubt the accuracy of that poll. The momentum heading into November is clearly in favor of Republicans, and all you have to do to see that is look at Gallup’s poll on voter enthusiasm.


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