Poll: Trump, GOP leadership drag down Republicans on generic ballot

Poll: Trump, GOP leadership drag down Republicans on generic ballot
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Democrats have a 10-point for the 2018 midterms — their largest of the year — in a new Politico-Morning Consult poll that shows they have been helped by President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE and GOP leaders in Congress.

Forty-four percent of respondents said they are more likely to vote Democratic on a generic ballot, compared to 34 percent who said they would vote Republican.

Women are even more likely to vote Democratic, pollsters found. The party is leading by 15 points among female voters, and only 3 points among male voters. Democrats also have a significant lead — 59 points — among African-American voters.

Trump’s divisiveness has affected how voters see Republican candidates, according to the poll, which was released Thursday morning. While 32 percent of respondents said a Trump endorsement would make them more likely to support a candidate, 38 percent said it would make them less likely to support a candidate. 

Voters also said they are much less likely to vote for a candidate backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push On The Money — GOP blocks spending bill to kick off chaotic week in congress Overnight Health Care — Presented by Alrtia — Booster shots get bipartisan rollout MORE (R-Ky.). Thirty-six percent said his endorsement would make them less likely to vote for a candidate, while only 18 percent said it would make them more likely. The poll shows that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE’s (R-Wis.) endorsement would have a similar effect, as would former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s.


Generic ballots are considered to be key indicators for how the parties will perform in upcoming elections.

The Politico-Morning Consult poll is just one of a wave of recent polls that boosts Democrats' hopes for next year’s elections. A new CNN poll showed that the party was leading by 18 points over the GOP, and several others, including a Fox News poll, have also shown double-digit leads.

The Politico-Morning Consult poll of 1,991 registered voters was conducted Dec. 14-18, before the GOP tax bill passed through Congress. The tax-reform plan is the first major legislative victory for the Republican-led Congress under President Trump.

The new poll's margin of error 2 percentage points.

--This report was updated at 7:40 a.m.