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 ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE in 2016 are now more unified in supporting Democratic candidates than President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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.