Poll: Dems have 10-point lead on generic House ballot

Poll: Dems have 10-point lead on generic House ballot
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Democrats enjoy a 10-point lead over Republicans on the generic House ballot, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll released Friday.

Of the registered voters surveyed, 47 percent said they preferred to vote for a Democrat in the November midterm elections, while 37 percent said they would cast a vote for a Republican.

The Washington Post notes that the margin does not grow statistically in battleground districts, with the lead for the Democrats at 12 percentage points in those districts. 


The survey also indicates that Democrats are more energized to vote in the upcoming midterms than Republicans. Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independent voters in battleground districts, 59 percent of voters said they think the midterms are extremely important. 

Meanwhile, 46 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said the same. 

The poll comes four months ahead of an immensely important general election for Democrats, as they try to seize on opposition to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE to retake the House. The party needs to pick up at least 24 House seats to gain a majority in the lower chamber. 

In late June, a similar poll from Politico found Democrats held a 7-point lead over Republicans on the generic House ballot. 

The Washington Post survey was conducted June 27 to July 2 among a population of 1,473 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percentage points.