US Voters Favor Republicans Over Democrats by 48% to 39% in Generic Congress Ballot
00:37 GMT 17.12.2021 (Updated: 14:00 GMT 19.12.2022)
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A 48 percent plurality of likely US voters plan to vote for a Republican congressional candidate in 2022 mid-term elections, compared with 39 percent who expect to vote for a Democrat, a Rasmussen Reports poll revealed.
Democrats have narrowed the gap in the generic congressional ballot since November, when the GOP led by an unprecedented 13-point margin, the release said.
“If the elections for Congress were held today, 48% of Likely US Voters would vote for the Republican candidate, while 39% would vote for the Democrat. Just four percent (4%) would vote for some other candidate, but another nine percent (9%) are not sure,” a press release explaining the poll said on Thursday.
While the generic congressional ballot question offers a snapshot of voter sentiment, decades of polling show little value in predicting which party will control Congress after the next election.
While polls consistently show a low overall approval of Congress, voters queried about their congressional districts often say they like their representative even if they dislike Congress - a dynamic that explains why many if not most incumbent lawmakers win.