April 02, 2014, 08:43 am
Poll finds midterm advantage for Dems
By Rebecca Shabad
A new poll finds more people say they will vote for a Democrat than a Republican in the midterm elections.
Forty percent of people said they would vote for a Democrat for Congress while 38 percent said they would vote for a Republican, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
People are evenly split 45 to 45 percent on whether Democrats or Republicans should control the Senate.
Republicans could win the majority if they win six Senate seats from competitive races with incumbent Democrats.
The poll could boost Democratic spirits in what has shaped up as a tough midterm election year for the party. Without a presidential race, the electorate this year is expected to favor the GOP. The battle for the Senate also tilts toward Republicans in that Democrats are defending more seats, including a number in states President Obama lost in the 2012 election.
The survey found Democrats are viewed as “the lesser of two evils.” It found 30 percent approve of job Democrats are doing compared to 18 percent who approve of how Republicans are performing.
The poll found a majority of people oppose ObamaCare, and 40 percent said they’re less likely to vote for a candidate who supports the healthcare law.
Just over a quarter of people said they’d be more likely to back a candidate who supports ObamaCare and 31 percent said the issue won’t affect their vote.
On immigration, 39 percent said they are less likely to support a candidate who favors a path to citizenship, while 29 percent said they’d be more likely, and 29 percent said it won’t make a difference.
Half of voters said they support the effort to raise the minimum wage, which could help Democrats. A quarter said they’d be less likely to back a candidate who supports a wage hike, and 24 percent said it won’t affect their vote.
The poll was conducted March 26 to 31 and surveyed 1,578 voters.