Democrats' advantage in midterm election support is shrinking

Poll: More say GOP tax law is bad idea than good idea

Republican members of Congress breathed a sigh of relief Monday with new polls showing GOP legislators closing the gap with liberal lawmakers; cutting the Democratic edge to five points just months before voters head to the polls.

Self-reported registration is one indicator as it is less a measure of actual registration than of political engagement.

"Not only are New Jersey Democrats doing better on the generic House ballot statewide, but the shift is coming nearly entirely from districts now held by the GOP", Murray said.

The survey shows the GOP making a more pronounced shift among white voters, who now prefer Republicans by a 14-point margin over Democrats, up from five points in January. The four-point margin compares with a 12-point advantage Democrats held in January, less than a month before the February shooting in Florida.

But the rise of Donald Trump shocked and dismayed Klarman, as did the timid response from the Republican-controlled House and #Senate, which have acquiesced rather than challenge the president's erratic and divisive ways. More than 4 in 10 registered voters say it is extremely important that candidates share their views on gun issues. Almost 68 percent of both Republican-leaning and Democratic-leaning registered voters say they are certain they will vote in November elections, which contrasts with the Post-ABC polling before the 2010 and 2014 midterm cycles.

The result is a mixed bag for the Republican Party, which has been hoping to battle political headwinds in the midterm elections by promoting the tax cut that Congress approved four months ago and by celebrating improvements in the economy.

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The generic ballot - asking people if they'd vote for the Republican or the Democratic candidate in their congressional district - is a rough gauge, in part because so many seats are not seriously contested, often due at least in part to gerrymandering.

WaPo's poll found that 40 percent of likely voters approve of the president, up slightly from 36 percent in January. The share of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who report being registered to vote has slipped from 84 percent in November to 79 percent in January and 75 percent now. Despite this, the poll found "that neither party holds an advantage among the 42 percent of voters who say it's "extremely important" that a congressional candidate share their view on the issue". That includes roughly equal numbers on both sides of the issue - whether they prioritize enacting new laws to reduce gun violence or protecting the right to own guns. The added cash will help Democrats pour more money into advertising and voter outreach efforts. In the races covered by the analysis, there are 127 Democrats and 65 Republicans.

He has cut checks to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats in the House and Senate.

Pelosi has a negative image, with 32 percent of Americans holding a favorable view of her, and 44 percent unfavorable. In December, 35% said Democrats would be best, while 30% said Republicans.

The Post-ABC poll reached 1,002 adults from April 8-11. See details on the survey's methodology here.

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