Latest Fox News Poll Offers Little Good News For Republican-Led Congress
It seems most of the people have decided.
The latest Fox News Channel/Opinion Dynamics poll (conducted Aug. 29-30) found that Republicans face an uphill battle in this November's Congressional elections.
Democrats and Independents overwhelmingly disapprove of the way Congress has acted. Republicans are essentially split -- 43% approve, 40% disapprove, and 17% unsure.
But that doesn't mean that voters are certain to vote for Democratic Congressional candidates -- the lone silver lining for Republicans hoping to retain control of the House and Senate.
The poll asked:
Thinking ahead to this November’s elections, if the congressional election were held today, would you vote for the Democratic candidate in your district or the Republican candidate in your district?
Democrats overwhelmingly favored Democrats and Republicans overwhelming favored Republicans -- hardly a surprise.
But among Independents, the numbers could be spun any number of ways. By a 40%-16% margin, Independents say they'd vote for Democrats. That's the good news. The bad news is that 44% of Independent voters are undecided.
As a result, Democrats have a 48%-32% advantage among all voters answering this question -- but 21% of all voters remain undecided.
In all likelihood, the undecided Independents will push the Democrats over 50%, and that could mean the Democrats will regain control of one or both Congressional houses. But plenty of football teams have come up short of the goal line.