GOP leads generic congressional vote by 2 points: WSJ poll
Republicans lead Democrats by 2 points in generic congressional voting with Election Day just a week away, according to a new survey.
Wall Street Journal poll released On Tuesday, it found that 46 percent of registered voters would vote for the GOP candidate for Congress if the election were held today, and 44 percent would vote for the Democratic candidate.
The GOP lead is within the margin of error, but it’s an improvement for the party since an August Journal poll showed Democrats leading by 3 points.
Pollsters found that abortion appears to have become less of an issue than it was during the summer. Democrats began to close the gap with Republicans after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, but inflation and economic concerns remained the top issues voters cited in polls leading up to the midterms.
“The focus on economic stuff, especially inflation, is helping the GOP going into the final stretch,” said GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, who conducted the poll along with Democratic pollster John Anzalone.
Nearly half of all voters said they believe Republicans in Congress are best able to keep inflation under control, while only about a quarter say congressional Democrats are best able to do so.
The poll also found that Republicans are more enthusiastic about voting than Democrats.
The Journal reported that the GOP also saw an improvement in its standing among Latino voters and women.
Republicans led among white suburban women by 15 points, a 26-point lead over Democrats in an August Journal poll.
Democrats are seeking to avoid a historical trend in which the president’s party typically loses seats in Congress during midterm elections. Republicans only need to gain a few seats in the House and one seat in the Senate to take control of each body.
The survey was conducted from October 22 to 26 among 1,500 registered voters. The margin of error was 2.5 percentage points.
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