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Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Politics | 0 comments

Gallup Poll: Republicans Democrats Now tied 46% in Generic Congress Ballot

In this political season the see saw have been more “saw” for Democrats as they have seen their once high poll numbers slide to the South Pole. But a new Gallup Poll may give them reason for (perhaps slim) hope: Gallup now finds the two parties tied 46 percent in a generic Congressional election ballot:

Republicans and Democrats are tied at 46% among registered voters in Gallup’s weekly tracking of congressional voting preferences, marking a shift after five consecutive weeks in which the Republicans held the advantage.

These results are based on aggregated data from more than 1,650 registered voters surveyed Aug. 30-Sept. 5 as part of Gallup Daily tracking. The results reflect more competitive voting intentions than has been the case recently. Republicans’ leads over Democrats among registered voters in three of the previous four weeks were the highest Gallup has measured for this midterm election campaign, and higher than any GOP advantage Gallup has measured in a midterm election year since 1942.

So what has changed?

Last week marked the return of President Barack Obama from his 10-day vacation, and included his national address to announce the official end of combat operations in Iraq. The president’s three-day job approval rating rose to 47% for Aug. 29-31 — a level it had reached only once since mid-July. Last week also brought media commentary in the aftermath of conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck’s massive rally in Washington, D.C. It is not clear if these or other factors affected Americans’ voting preferences as measured by the generic ballot.

Whether the 2010 race has shifted more permanently to a more competitive positioning will be apparent in the coming weeks. Nevertheless, even the current tie in the generic ballot among registered voters points to a better year for Republicans than for Democrats, given the GOP’s usual advantage in voter turnout in midterm elections.

If you had to place money on the election a safe bet would be for a Democratic party meltdown for several reasons. These ilnclude:

  • Polling that shows that the young and minority voters htat formed a potent part of the Democrats’ potent winning 2008 coalition will be missing this time.
  • Sentiment among some progressive Democrats that since the party was not as progressive as they wanted they will sit this one out and teach their party a lesson (just like some Democrats taught it a lesson in 2000 and 2004 which helped Republicans to remake the judiciary, get some Republican and conservative policies in place in terms of financial and environmental matters and strengthen the GOP in the bureaucracy).
  • The predictions from thoughtful analysts such as political scientists at several university (including the usually spot-on Larry Sabato whose Crystal Ball is that in more than just a name) about an upcoming Democratic party rout. These analysts are not to be confused many other radio, Internet and cable ideological analysts who are accuracy challenged.
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