Poll: 2010 looks increasingly like 1994


New numbers from the latest CNN/Opinions Dynamics poll out Thursday show an electoral landscape that mirrors that of 1994, when Republicans gained 54 seats in the House and took back control of Congress for the first time in more than 40 years.

The latest numbers give Republicans a three-point edge on the generic ballot question, which is just about the same advantage the party enjoyed heading into the heart of the '94 campaign season. 

A full 50 percent of respondents said they intend to vote for a candidate who opposes President Obama. Sixteen years ago, 51 percent of voters said the same of President Clinton heading into the midterm elections. 

Despite the similarities to what was an awful year for congressional Democrats, the numbers offer some positives for the party. The generic ballot lead for Republicans is far from the nine-point lead Democrats held heading into the 2006 midterms. 

And President Obama's approval rating, which now stands at 47 percent, is slightly higher than President Clinton's 44 percent approval in August of '94. Obama's approval also hovers above that of former President George W. Bush in 2006 and President Reagan in 1982.