Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House

Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House

Democrats are in position to retake control of the House, according to a new poll ahead of the midterm elections. 

The CBS News Battleground Tracker poll released on Sunday found that the Democratic Party would win 224 seats in the lower chamber — or six more than 218 seats needed for a majority — if the general election occurred today. 


CBS News notes that the Democratic lead has steadily increased over the past few months. The poll released on Sunday represents a two-seat increase for Democrats from August and a five-seat increase from June. 

Pollsters noted that voters who supported Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarter Page files defamation lawsuit against DNC Dems fear party is headed to gutter from Avenatti’s sledgehammer approach Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE in 2016 are now more unified in supporting Democratic candidates than President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE's voters are for GOP candidates. 

Six percent of Americans who voted for Trump say they will vote Democratic in this election, while just 2 percent of Clinton voters said they would vote for a Republican. 

CBS News also notes that voter turnout could play a big role in whether Democrats retake control of the House. 

The survey comes as Democrats try to seize on opposition to Trump to retake control of the House. Many polls have indicated Democrats are in position to do just that. 

The poll, which was conducted by the online polling company YouGov, surveyed voters from across the country and specifically focused on 61 congressional districts that are estimated as the most competitive races. It polled 4,557 respondents between Sept. 17 and Sept. 21. It has a margin of error of 12 seats.