2014 poll: GOP could lose the House
By: Lucy McCalmont
October 6, 2013 10:54 AM EDT
The Republican Party could be in danger of losing control of the House in 2014, new polls on Sunday show.
In a survey of 24 seats, Republicans fall behind in 17 head-to-head matches against “generic Democrat candidates” among registered voters and lag in an additional four districts when respondents are told the Republican candidate supported the shutdown, according to the surveys by Public Policy Polling which were funded by the liberal group, MoveOn.org
Democrats would need to pick up 17 seats to take over the House - something the polling reveals could be within reach.
One district that shows a favorable position for a Democratic challenger is N.Y.-19, the high-profile contest in which Sean Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder and New Republic owner Chris Hughes, is looking to unseat the Republican incumbent, Chris Gibson. However, Eldridge’s name does not appear on the survey as the challenger.
The House Republicans that trail in races with no previous information given on the shutdown are: California’s Gary Miller, Colorado’s Michael Coffman, Florida Reps. Steve Southerland and Bill Young, Iowa’s Tom Latham and Steve King, Illinois’ Rodney Davis, Kentucky’s Andy Barr, Michigan’s Dan Benishek,Tim Walberg and Kerry Bentivolio, New York’s Chris Gibson, Ohio’s David Joyce, Pennsylvania’s Pat Meehan and Mike Fitzpatrick and Wisconsin’s Sean Duffy.
The poll also found that a majority of respondents opposed the government shutdown as a means to “to stop the health care law from being put into place.”
The 24 state surveys were conducted Sept. 2 to Sept. 4 and with sample sizes ranging from 600 to 700 voters.