(CNN) - The nation's financial crisis and the subsequent $700 billion government bailout may be taking more of a toll on congressional Democrats than their Republican counterparts.
In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, a generic congressional Democrat beats a generic congressional Republican by 5 points, 52-47 percent. That margin has narrowed considerably from three weeks ago, when Democrats held a 14 point lead in a similar CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
But voters give slightly lower approval ratings to Congressional Republicans than Democrats. The poll shows only 34 percent approve of the Democratic leadership's performance, while 27 percent say the same for Republican leaders. Overall, more than three fourths of voters disapprove of Congress' performance.
“The public is essentially saying ‘a pox on both your houses’ to the parties in Congress,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Both the Democrats and the Republicans are held in extremely low esteem at the moment. Republican-leaning voters, however, finally appear to be coming home to the GOP. If the current generic ballot numbers hold on Election Night, congressional Republicans may not fare nearly as poorly as many observers expected a few months ago.”