Poll: Dems lead by 15 points on generic House ballot

Poll: Dems lead by 15 points on generic House ballot
© Greg Nash

Democrats hold a 15-point lead over Republicans on a generic House ballot, according to a poll released Thursday by Suffolk University and USA Today.

This survey is at least the third in recent days to have found Democrats with a double-digit lead as voters look to the 2018 midterm elections.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said that they would be more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate, compared to just 32 percent who said they were more likely to vote for a Republican. Another 6 percent said they would choose neither.


The poll found a similar breakdown in respondents’ disapproval of the parties. The GOP had an unfavorable rating of 60 percent among respondents, compared to a 48 percent unfavorable rating for Democrats.

Three-quarters of voters in the survey disapproves of the job Congress is doing, and 60 percent believe the country is on the wrong track. 

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“Change may be in the wind for Congress, with voters indicating a general turning-away from the Republican Party,” said Suffolk University Political Research Center director David Paleologos.

A CNN poll earlier this week found Democrats to have a 16-point lead on a generic ballot, one of the highest advantages in recent polls. A Quinnipiac poll from last month found Democrats to have a 15-point lead.

Two other February polls found voters to favor Democrats by tighter margins of five and seven points.

The RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Democrats with a 9.3 point advantage over Republicans.

The Suffolk University–USA Today poll surveyed 1,000 voters nationwide from Feb. 20 to 24. Its margin of error is 3 percentage points.