Poll: Dems lead by 8 on House ballot

According to the poll, 48 percent of registered voters nationwide say they'd vote for a Democrat for the House in their district, while 40 say they'd back a Republican.

That's a pretty positive mark for Democrats, especially considering the rough two weeks of news cycles the White House has faced, and if it holds true could allow the party to pick up seats in 2014. They need to win 17 seats for House control, a very unlikely situation, but gaining a net of any seats would be a good development for the party in the off-year elections.

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Notably, House Democrats won the popular vote for the House in 2012 but fell far short of winning back control of the chamber because there are simply more districts drawn to favor Republicans.

One caveat: The poll tested all registered voters, as most polls do this far from the election. But midterm elections tend to be very low-turnout with fewer young and minority voters turning out, meaning these figures could be more favorable to Democrats than the actual voting population will be on election day.

The poll of 1,001 adults was conducted May 16-19 and have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.