Republicans Lead Democrats In CNN Pre-Midterm Election Poll
The disastrous rollout of ObamaCare could be the nail in the coffin for Democrats in terms of the upcoming midterm elections. A CNN/ORC poll from last month gave Democrats a 50%-42% advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, but an identical poll from released earlier this week gives Republicans a 49%-47% lead.
CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said that the 10-point shift in Republican favor came mainly from white voters, higher-income Americans and people who live in rural areas. However, Democrats have also gained ground in the last month after non-white voters and lower-income Americans, who have continued to support Obama throughout his two terms.
The negative effect of the rollout on Democrats was even acknowledged by President Obama at a news conference two weeks ago. He said that “There is no doubt that our failure to rollout the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats, whether they are running or not because they stood up and supported this effort through thick and thin.”
But even Obama’s approval numbers are starting to run dry as well. Qunnipiac University study from earlier this month also showed 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job that Obama is doing, compared to just 39 percent who approve. Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Tim Malloy confirmed that “President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George H.W. Bush at the same period of his Presidency.” Ratings from male and female voters from all age and economic backgrounds have shown higher disapproval ratings than approval ratings.