Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms

Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms
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Democrats hold a 7-point lead over Republicans in the midterms, according to a new survey released just weeks ahead of the congressional elections.

Forty-nine percent of likely voters surveyed told Fox News pollsters that they would vote for the Democratic candidate in their district, while only 42 percent said they would back the Republican.

Democrats have a 6-point edge, 46 to 40 percent, among registered voters, pollsters found.

"Usually we see Republicans do better when we go from registered voters to likely voters," said Democratic pollster Chris Anderson.

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Democrats have a 17-point lead in counties that were close in 2016, according to the poll, just 2 points lower than their 19-point advantage in counties Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone fundraising off promise not to testify against Trump Rivaling chants of 'USA,' 'lock him up' greet Flynn after sentencing hearing The Hill's 12:30 Report — Flynn awaits sentencing | White House signals it wants to avoid shutdown MORE carried.

Fox pointed to health-care policy for the Democrats' edge. 

More registered voters — 49 percent to 34 percent — said they believe Democrats handle health care better than the GOP.

Pollsters also found that fewer Americans oppose ObamaCare or even greater government intervention into health care than in September 2014, though a small plurality of Americans still believe ObamaCare went too far. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE also may be a factor, pollsters noted. Twenty-six percent of voters in the new survey said they would be more likely to support a candidate Trump campaigns for, while 43 percent said they would be less likely to do so. 

Fox News pollsters conducted phone interviews with 1,003 registered voters from Sept. 16 to 19. The pool of likely voters numbered 818. The margin of error for both groups is 3 percentage points.