Poll: Democrats Lead on Generic Congressional Ballot by 4 Points

Poll: Democrats Lead on Generic Congressional Ballot by 4 Points Republicans vs. Democrats Republicans vs. Democrats (Dreamstime)

By Jeffrey Rodack | Thursday, 28 July 2022 10:38 AM EDT

On a generic congressional ballot, Democrat candidates now lead Republicans 44% to 40%, according to a new USA Today/Suffolk University poll.

The figures show an increase for the Democrats, who were tied 40%-40% in the June poll.

Here are how the poll results, released Thursday, break down:

  • 47% of voters say they want to elect a Congress that mostly stands up to President Joe Biden, while 42% say they want a Congress that mostly cooperates with him.
  • 29% say they have not been paying any attention to the public hearings by the Jan. 6 committee, while 25% say they have not paid very much attention to the hearings. But 23% say they have been paying a fair amount of attention to the hearings, compared to 23% who say they have been paying a lot of attention to them.
  • 39% approve of the job Biden is doing in the White House, compared to 56% who do not.
  • 20% said the economy is the most important issue that will affect their vote in the midterms, compared to 16% who listed abortion as the key issue, 11% who listed inflation, and 5% who listed immigration.
  • 76% say the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, compared to 15% who said it is headed in the right direction.

The poll, conducted July 22-25, surveyed 1,000 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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