Skip to comments.CNN Poll: GOP Has Edge in Early Midterm Indicator (55% support anti-Obama candidates)
Posted on 12/26/2013 7:23:46 AM PST by kristinn
Democrats have lost their advantage and Republicans now have a slight edge in the battle for control of Congress, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates that President Barack Obama may be dragging down Democratic congressional candidates, and that the 2014 midterm elections are shaping up to be a low-turnout event, with only three in 10 registered voters extremely or very enthusiastic about voting next year.
Two months ago, Democrats held a 50%-42% advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, which asked respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district without identifying the candidates. That result came after congressional Republicans appeared to overplay their hand in the bitter fight over the federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling.
But the Democratic lead evaporated, and a CNN poll a month ago indicated the GOP holding a 49%-47% lead. The new survey, conducted in mid-December, indicates Republicans with a 49%-44% edge over the Democrats.
"Virtually all the movement toward the GOP has come among men," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "Fifty-four percent of female voters chose the Democratic candidate in October; 53% pick the Dem now. But among male voters, support for Democratic candidates has gone from 46% in October to just 35% now."
Republicans have a 17-seat advantage in the House and Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate.
Another GOP advantage is the President's standing with the public: 55% of registered voters say that they are more likely to vote for a congressional candidate who opposes the President than one who supports him and four in 10 say they are likely to vote for a candidate who supports Obama.
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The democrats are going to be creamed even when the rinos try to sabotage the election.
Katy bar the door, it’s going to get real bad, and the Democrats had better start cutting the spending, and slashing the taxes.
True in a Prez election, because the GOP e CONTROLS the message (2012). NOT true in a mid term
.(think 2010). Obama Care's disaster is bigger than any issue in our lifetime
..and it's even bigger than the ignorant and cronyist GOP e.
....a... SLIGHT ADVANTAGE???!?
If, by November 6, every single person is not calling for the head of every single Democrat — INCLUDING THE DNC CHAIR — I will be flabbergasted.
Didn’t we hear all this before in the run-up to the 2012 elections?
That it is an “edge” over the Democrats is horrific. A sane society would be outright rejecting this abomination by 9 to 1.
Libs, do not worry.
Your plant, Carl Rove, will get the free immigration passed and insure that never again Will a Repulsican hold office.
According to the CBO, people with income in the lower 40% of the population are, on average, paying no income tax, and receiving $18k in benefits.
It's hard to see how any Democrat's popularity will ever sink below 40%.
So let’s say this holds up and Republicans win the Senate back and grow their ranks in the House. Ok, what next? Does Boehner remain Speaker? Does McConnell (assuming he holds off Bevin and wins his seat) keep his Majority Leader position? If so, we squander this advantage with Mr’s. Go-Along to Get-Along. They pass immigration reform and it’s check mate!
Historically, this isn’t a “slight edge”. It’s huge.
I think there's another factor at work, and it favors our side also. The 2010 mid-terms were characterized, just as in previous elections, by the media shilling for the democrat in each and every municipal, state house, gubernatorial, and congressional contest. And they were thrashed. With the cult of Obama now crashing and burning, the realization is even more palpable among the people now that the media were the ones who sold us this pile of crap.
I don't think that realization had quite crystallized in 2010, as much as it has at this point, and things should get worse for the media's credibility and relevance.
I think the stars are aligning for a monumental thrashing at the polls in 2014.
...Republicans now have a slight edge in the battle for control of Congress...
I'm sure the Vichy Republicans will hand the edge back to their Democratic [sic] party lords and masters in short order.
Yep. I think, short of some life changing even between now and then (which can always happen) - we’re looking at an electorate much like 2010, even moreso.
There were probably 80- 90 possible House seats to take over in 2010 and about 60 of them were taken. The Dems will lose some of that other 20-30 this time, lose some of their few ‘12 gains as well.
And I think 7-9 seats in the Senate will flip, and Dems will continue to be thrased at the level of governor and State Assemblies .
NOTRE DAME PROFESSOR ON OBAMACARE
THE CHRISTIAN POST ^ | 11/20/2013 | Laura Hollis
Obamacare Should Remind Us We Are Not ‘Subjects,’ We Are People Laura Hollis is a professor at the University of Notre Dame November 20, 2013
Laura Hollis is a professor at the University of Notre Dame
The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms. The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care, and we allow it. They take away our insurance, and we allow it. They take away our doctors, and we allow it. They charge us thousands of dollars more a year, and we allow it. They make legal products illegal, and we allow it. They cripple our businesses, and we allow it. They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs and we allow it.
Where is your spine, America ? Yes, I know people are complaining. I read the news on the internet. I read blogs. I have a Twitter feed. So what? People in the Soviet Union complained. People in Cuba complain. People in China complain (quietly). Complaining isn’t the same thing as doing anything about it. In fact, much of the complaining that we hear sounds like resignation: Wow. This sucks. Oh well, this is the way things are. Too bad. Perhaps you need reminding of a few important facts. Here goes:
1. The President is not a king. Barack Obama does not behave like a President, an elected official, someone who realizes that he works for us. He behaves like a king, a dictator someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists! And while he moves steadily “forward” with his plans to “fundamentally transform” the greatest country in human history, he distracts people with cheap, meaningless trivialities, like “free birth control pills”! (In fact, let’s face it: this administration’s odd obsession with sex in general - Birth control! Abortion! Sterilization! Gay guys who play basketball! — is just plain weird. Since when did the leader of the free world care so much about how people have sex, who they have it with, and what meds they use when they have it? Does he have nothing more important to concern himself with?)
2. It isn’t just a failed software program; it is a failed philosophy. People are marveling that Healthcare.gov was such a spectacular failure. Well, if one is only interested in it as a product launch, I’ve explained some of the reasons for that here. But the larger point is that it isn’t a software failure, or even a product failure; it is a philosophy failure. I have said this before: Obama is not a centrist; he is a central planner. And this all of it: the disastrous computer program, the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted, the lies, the manipulation of public opinion, the theft of the public’s money and property, and freedom (read insurance, and premiums, and doctors) — IS what central planning looks like. The central premise of central planning is that a handful of wunderkinds with your best interests at heart (yeah, right) know better than you what’s good for you. The failure of such a premise and the misery it causes have been clear from the dawn of humanity. Kings and congressmen, dictators and Dear Leaders, potentates, princes and presidents can all fall prey to the same imperial impulses: “we know what is good the ‘the people.’ And they are always wrong. There is a reason that the only times communism has really been tried have been after wars, revolutions, or coups d’état. You have to have complete chaos for people to be willing to accept the garbage that centralized planning produces. Take the Soviet Union , for example. After two wars, famine, and the collapse of the Romanov dynasty, why wouldn’t people wait in line for hours to buy size 10 shoes? Or settle for the gray matter that passed for meat in the grocery stores? But communism’s watered-down cousin, socialism, isn’t much better. Ask the Venezuelans who cannot get toilet paper. Toilet paper. ¡Viva la Revolución! Contrary to what so many who believe in a “living Constitution” say, the Founding Fathers absolutely understood this. That is why the Constitution was set up to limit government power. (Memo to the President: the drafters of the Constitution deliberately didn’t say “what government had to do on your behalf.”) They understood that that was the path to folly, fear, and famine.)
3. Obama is deceitful. Just as the collapse of the computer program should not surprise anyone, neither should we be shocked that the President lied about his healthcare plan. Have any of you been paying attention over the past few years? Obama has made no secret of his motivations or his methods. The philosophies which inspire him espouse deceit and other vicious tactics. (Don’t take my word for it: read Saul Alinsky.) Obama infamously told reporter Richard Wolffe, “You know, I actually believe my own bullshit.” He has refused to be forthcoming about his past (where are his academic records?). His own pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed Klein, that Obama said to him, “You know what your problem is? You have to tell the truth.” Did Obama lie when he said dozens of times, “If you like you plan, you can keep it. Period!”? Of course he did. That’s what he does.
4. The media is responsible. And had the media been doing their jobs, we would have known a lot of this much, much earlier. The press is charged with the sacred responsibility of protecting the people from the excesses of government. Our press has been complicit, incompetent, or corrupt. Had they vetted this man in 2008, as they would have a Republican candidate, we would have known far more about him than we do, even now. Had they pressed for more details about Obamacare, Congress’ feet would have been held to the fire. Had they done their jobs about Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying - or any of the other myriad betrayals of the public trust that this administration has committed, Obama would likely have lost his 2012 reelection campaign. (A fact that even The Washington Post has tacitly acknowledged. Well done, fellas! Happy now?) Instead, they turned a blind eye, even when they knew he was lying, abusing power, disregarding the limits of the Constitution. It was only when he began to spy on them, and when the lies were so blatant that the lowest of low-information voters could figure it out that they realized they had to report on it. (Even in the face of blatant, deliberate and repeated lies, The New York Times has the audacity to tell us that the President “misspoke.”) They have betrayed us, abandoned us, and deceived us.
5. Ted Cruz was right. So was Sarah Palin. The computer program is a disaster. The insurance exchanges are a disaster. What’s left? The healthcare system itself. And this, of necessity, will be a disaster, too. Millions of people have lost their individual insurance plans. In 2015, millions more will lose their employer-provided coverage (a fact which the Obama administration also knew, and admitted elsewhere).
The exorbitant additional costs that Obamacare has foisted on unsuspecting Americans are all part of a plan of wealth confiscation and redistribution. That is bad enough. But it will not end there. When the numbers of people into the system and the corresponding demand for care vastly exceed the cost projections (and they will, make no mistake), then the rationing will start. Not only choice at that point, but quality and care itself will go down the tubes. And then will come the decisions made by the Independent Payment Advisory Board about what care will be covered (read “paid for”) and what will not. That’s just a death panel, put politely. In fact, progressives are already greasing the wheels for acceptance of that miserable reality as well. They’re spreading the lie that it will be about the ability of the dying to refuse unwanted or unhelpful care. Don’t fall for that one, either. It will be about the deaths that inevitably result from decisions made by people other than the patients, their families, and their physicians. (Perhaps it’s helpful to think of their assurances this way: “If you like your end-of-life care, you can keep your end-of-life-care.”)
6. We are not SUBJECTS. (or, Nice Try, the Tea Party Isn’t Going Away). We have tolerated these incursions into our lives and livelihoods too long already. There is no end to the insatiable demand “progressives” have to remake us in their image. Today it is our insurance, our businesses, our doctors, our health care. Tomorrow some new crusade will be announced that enables them to take over other aspects of our formerly free lives. I will say it again: WE ARE NOT SUBJECTS. Not only is the Tea Party right on the fiscal issues, but it appears that they are more relevant than ever. We fought a war once to prove we did not want to be the subjects of a king, and the Boston Tea Party was just a taste of the larger conflict to come. If some people missed that lesson in history class, we can give them a refresher. The 2014 elections are a good place to start. Call your representative, your senator, your candidate and tell them: “We are not subjects. You work for us. And if the word “REPEAL” isn’t front and center in your campaign, we won’t vote for you. Period.”
Laura Hollis is an attorney and teaches entrepreneurship and business law at the University of Notre Dame . She resides in Indiana with her husband and two children.
Finally, someone who thinks like me In this country many people have always talked about the banana republics (referring mostly to Central and South American countries), their revolutions, their coup detats, etc. But when the governments act like they have in those countries, usually that is the ONLY way to get rid of them. In this country, up to 2008, that was not the case but since then it is rapidly going that route and the natives are not used to it nor prepared to fight it effectively. Most of those natives (and sadly quite a few natives of those banana republics) naively believe in the checks and balances which the usurper is quietly but swiftly doing away with.
I repeat Professor Hollis words: Where is your spine, America ? In case someone wants to write, her address is email@example.com
This edge will grow right up until the Friday night in June ( my money is on July 11 - no more scheduled vacations for the “overworked” Congress until Labor Day) that Bonehead and Ryno grant amnesty to 30 million new Democrats. The numbers will swing faster than anyone has ever seen and the Democrats will coast to victory in the Senate AND the House. But of course this won’t happen because Tokyo Rove says so! /s/
Oops not Friday night in June but Friday night in July - bad editing here.
I am thinking that by next Fall even the most unsatisfying, incompetent RINO candidate may be able to win with a pledge to undo Obamacare.
To presume this news gives the GOP an edge, assumes the GOP is anti-Obama.
With the exception of FReeper Women...
What the HELL is wrong with you broads!!!???!!!!
Fear not! McCain, Graham, Boehnor and McConnell will do everything in their power to keep GOP momentum and gains to a minimum!
Exactly. Expect a number of prominent GOPe loud-mouths to champion Obama’s worst. That ought to fix it.
Oh boy. More GOPers who’ll collapse like wet paper once they get in.
Makes me ashamed to be one!
The Democrats ain’t seen nuttin yet! Right now is just the lull before the Cat 5 hurricane called “BamaKare” hits the U.S. next year, because in early 2014, horror stories will start emerging about people with obama-cancelled insurance not being able to continue their chemotherapy or dialysis treatments, trauma patients being denied care at designated trauma centers, and hospital emergency departments being swamped with people unable to see their doctor.
This will start happening in January, become a deluge in February, and turn into a tsunami of death and suffering by March 2014, at which time voters will start hunting Democrats down in the streets with pitchforks and dogs. And a well-deserved hunt it will be too, because people are going to needlessly die as obamacare sends our existing health care system spiraling into complete and total chaos.
Convenient poll to dissuade the Reps from any confrontation with the WH on the debt ceiling increase. Our GOP political betters will counsel us on keeping the focus on Obamacare and not creating any difficulties with an increase in the debt ceiling. Just kick the can down the road again.
2014 could be reminiscent of the kerfuffle that kept the GOP from gaining control of the Senate in 2012.
It is a toss-up. Dems seem to have a major problem: Obamacare. Pubbies have a history of pulling defeat out of the jaws of victory.
The biggest problem the GOP has is the GOPelites who like their status quo and their turn at the Washington money troughs.
There are millions of working poor conservatives. We would do well to not dis them.
I’m surprised its not already a little more one sided.
Democrats are so tribal that Obama could round up their families and put them in work camps for no reason and they would still blindly pull the lever for him.
If he wasn’t black, at this point the Dems would be impeaching him.
It’s really quite a cynical game the GOPe is playing with conservatives. Push amnesty/legal immigration while the kenyan is the WH figuring conservatives will still vote against him no matter what they do.
We saw in the “budget” deal that the GOP is waving the white flag on everything for the next 3 years. There is simply no reason to vote GOP if they intend to play bystander to history. Ever since the shutdown the stooges in the GOPe have doubled down on their loser tip toe to the election strategy. Rewarding them with support will just encourage more craven political calculations that harm us.
Yup. I think that is exactly what this poll is.
The GOP will still spend like drunken sailors. Same ole shinola.
53% of women are married to the Government. It’s an abusive relationship, but they’ll take the battered wife status if it means free and unending gifts.
If corporate America supports the Republicans, then they should all join together and offer massive sales on Election Day. The women will be so busy shopping that they won’t have time to vote! It would be a republican sweep at the polls.
“There are millions of working poor conservatives. We would do well to not dis them.”
That is a point we need to slap the RINOs and Liberaltarians up side the head with!
They are voting conservative based solely on social issues like guns, the queer agenda, and abortion. That is what those stupid bastards can’t get through their thick skulls!!
If the GOP wins and has any power we still get modified Obamacare (Romneycare) with mandates to buy health insurance and the inevitable formal bailout of the health insurance industry which is Romnneycare first and now Obamacare were designed to be anyway.
There’s a lot of emotions being raised to promote the victory of a party (Republicans) who will do zilch to change anything from the increasing national debt to Obamacare to gay marriage.
I will vote for real conservatives in primaries and third party real conservatives in the general election if the real conservatives lose the GOP primaries.
95 percent of current elected Republican officials are faking conservatism at best, repudiating it at worst.
Even CNN is saying this? I thought they harped for Obama and not the truth.
Talk show hosts will read these polling numbers with glee and I will turn my radio OFF.
Boehner, Ryan, Cantor, Cornyn, McConnell etc. etc. aren’t taking us in a better direction. They go the way of Obama except at their own rate of speed (debt, spending, entitlements continue).
Much ado about nothing, no change, no move in a conservative direction. 17 TRILLION PLUS AND COUNTING......
It’s not just that. Many small business owners have years with low enough profit that they don’t pay federal income taxes.Homeschooling families typically have large families and one income. Again little to no federal income tax.These two groups form the core of what builds a strong nation. Conservatives shouldn’t run around parroting crony capitalist RINOs.
too close to the margin of fraud.
Couldn’t agree more. The Dems and Reps are just two wings of the same party—the Big Government party.
Primordial instinct. By 60-40%, most men are still self-reliant hunters and warriors and most women still want someone to take care of them. Hence the male-female split in republican-democrat voters.
Yeah, but the problem is that now, 10-15% of “men” are Pajama Boy, and they are not even remotely conservative (not are they remotely men).
Not = nor #hatingspellcheck
I'm sure there have been many times when CNN has shown the rats with a 5 pt lead in this poll. It would be interesting to comb through the archives and see how many times they used the word "slight" to describe this 5 pt rat lead.
Are you listening Brent Bozell?