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Amid Scandals Democrats Lose Their Advantage in the Generic Ballot

We have the first indications that the Obama Administration scandals are helping Republicans. According to a new Quinnipiac poll Democrats have lost the advantage they once had in the generic congressional ballot.

Two months ago Democrats had an eight point advantage and early this month Quinnipiac still found the Democratic Party had a four point lead in the generic ballot. Now the Republicans are tied.

The drop in support for Democrats closely mirrors the drop in President Obama’s job approval rating. Earlier this month 48 percent approved of the job Obama was doing compared to 45 percent who disapproved. Now the numbers have flipped with 49 percent disapproving of how Obama is handling his job and only 45 percent approving.

It would seem the Republicans’ improvement in the generic ballot is purely about Democrats stumbling instead of Republicans doing something right. The number of people who approve of how Congressional Republicans are doing remains unchanged since earlier this month. It is still just 24 percent approve to 67 percent disapprove.

The only real silver lining in the poll for Democrats is that Republican need to be careful not to overplay their hand. The poll found only 22 percent think investigations of scandals should be Congress’s top priority, compared to 72 who want it to be focused primarily on the economy.

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Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at