Congressional Control: Voters Believe the Republicans Are Poised for Big Gains in This Year’s Elections
Rasmussen Reports, 10/29 – 10/30
A new Rasmussen Reports poll gauged voter opinion on who they believe will control the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate following this year’s elections.
How likely is that Democrats will win a majority in the House of Representatives this November?
- Very likely – 12%
- Somewhat likely – 22%
- Not very likely – 26%
- Not at all likely – 25%
- Undecided – 14%
Even though most of the failures attributed to the current Congress can be blamed on the Republicans, both parties suffer from petty partisan politics that have led to a massive breakdown of relations in Congress and its inability to accomplish anything of value. It is not surprising that the majority of voters, 51 percent, believe that the Democrats will concede even more control of the House of Representatives to their opponents.
How likely is that Republicans will win a majority in the Senate this November?
- Very likely – 22%
- Somewhat likely – 40%
- Not very likely – 20%
- Not at all likely – 4%
- Undecided – 15%
The results of this question are even less surprising. The Democrats currently control the U.S. Senate with 53 seats to the Republican’s 45. However, the lack of any meaningful legislation might convince voters to try a Republican Senate, even if it has no potential to benefit them at all. The average voter is fed up of the current political climate.
If Democrats win control of Congress, will there be a noticeable change in the lives of most Americans?
- Yes – 51%
- No – 32%
- Undecided – 17%
Voters believe the Democrats are the better party, but they demonstrate a willingness to vote Republican, it’s paradoxical. Both parties have their specific platforms, but the Democrats tend to offer a neutral platform for the majority, while the Republicans focus on policies that benefit the minority of the population.
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