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GOP Leads Dems Among Independents on 2018 Ballot

Democrats had opened up a huge lead on a generic ballot heading into the 2018 midterm. A new poll shows that margin is quickly evaporating.

By NTK Staff | 01.18.2018 @2:00pm
GOP Leads Dems Among Independents on 2018 Ballot

A new poll from NPR, PBS, and Marist shows that Democrats’ lead over Republicans on a generic congressional ballot has fallen to just six points. This comes just one month after that lead expanded to a alarming 13-point margin in December.

Asked who voters would choose if the 2018 election were held today, 46 percent of respondents chose Democrats, while 40 percent picked Republicans. Nine percent said they were undecided.

The numbers among independents was even more interesting, with Republicans leading Democrats 38 to 36 percent. A large portion of independents have not chosen a side, however, with 15 percent responding that they are undecided.

Democrats held a 13-point lead on the generic ballot in December and a 15-point lead in November, but the windfall for Americans from GOP tax reform efforts could be encouraging voters to continue to trust the GOP.

For historical perspective, Democrats held a similar 6-point lead early in 2014 according to the same poll, and Republicans wiped the floor with their opponents across the map in that year’s midterm election.

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