GOP outside group's poll has Dems up by 5 points on generic ballot
© Greg Nash

Democrats have a 5-point lead over Republicans on a generic congressional ballot, according to a new poll conducted by an outside Republican advocacy group. 

The American Action Network poll found 42.5 percent of respondents said they supported Democrats on the generic ballot. 

Slightly more than one-third, 37.5 percent, of those polled said they would support Republicans. 

Democrats lead Republicans by approximately 8 percentage points in recent surveys, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.

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The new survey also found a majority of Americans disapprove of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE's job performance. 

Fifty-two percent of those polled said they disapproved of the job Trump was doing, while 43 percent of Americans said they approved. 

Republicans and Democrats are currently gearing up for the 2018 midterm elections in November.

Trump reportedly plans to aggressively campaign for Republican candidates across the country in an effort to retain the GOP majority in the House and the Senate. 

The American Action Network poll was conducted Feb. 17-22 among 1,010 likely registered voters. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.