Washington (CNN) - A CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Friday indicates that 47 percent of likely voters would choose a Republican candidate for Congress if the election were held today, with 41 percent of likely voters saying they would vote for the Democrat.
This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of five national surveys conducted during the first two weeks of October: CNN/Opinion Research Corporation (October 5-7), CBS (October 1-5), Bloomberg (October 7-10), Reuters/Ipsos (October 7-11), and Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (October 11-13). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.
The generic ballot question asks respondents if they would vote for a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district, without naming any specific candidates. It's used by many polling organizations, including CNN/Opinion Research Corporation surveys. In the battle for control of Congress, the generic ballot is arguably the most watched polling indicator, but it should not be considered one-stop shopping.
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