Poll: Dems lead GOP by 14 points on generic House ballot
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Democrats hold a 14-point lead over Republicans on the generic House ballot, according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University on Wednesday. 

The survey found that 52 percent of American voters favor a Democratic candidate in the upcoming midterm elections, while 38 percent back a Republican. 

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The 14-point advantage marks a solid increase for Democrats. In an identical survey in mid-August, the party held a 9-point lead over Republicans.

Democrats have a sizable lead over Republicans when it comes to independent voters. Fifty percent of respondents who identify themselves as an independent say they'd vote for a Democratic candidate. Thirty-five percent intend to vote for a Republican. 

The poll comes roughly eight weeks before the midterms, as Democrats try to seize on opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE to retake the House.

The party needs to gain at least 24 House seats to earn a majority in the lower chamber. 

The Quinnipiac poll of 1,038 adults was conducted between Sept. 6 and Sept. 9. It has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points. 

Democrats hold a roughly 8-point lead over Republicans in a RealClearPolitics average of generic congressional voting surveys.