Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats By Two
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
After an intense partisan debate over the newly passed $787 billion economic stimulus bill, Republicans and Democrats remain almost even in this week’s edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot.
Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveys found that 41% of voters said they would vote for their district’s Democratic candidate while 39% said they would choose the Republican.
Voters are also evenly divided as to whether they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supported the stimulus plan. Support for the Democrats increased by one point this week, while support for the GOP remained unchanged.
Last week’s results showed the closest match-up between the parties since 2005. Over the past year, Democratic support has ranged from a low of 40% to a high of 50%. In that same time period, Republicans have been preferred by 34% to 41% of voters nationwide.
Other survey data shows a decided lack of confidence in Congress