Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans expect the Republicans to win next year's presidential election, according to a new national poll.
An ABC News/Washington Post survey indicates that 55% of the public expects the GOP to recapture the White House in the 2012 election, with 37% saying they expect President Barack Obama to win re-election.
The poll's Monday release comes as the president described himself as an "underdog" in next year's election in an interview with ABC News.
According to the survey, more than eight in ten Republicans expect their party to win back the White House, with fewer Democrats, 58%, saying Obama will win a second term. The poll indicates that a majority of independent voters expect the Republicans to win in 2012.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday with 1,000 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.