Poll: Voters split over Republicans, Democrats in 2014
November 13th, 2013
02:31 PM ET
5 months ago

Poll: Voters split over Republicans, Democrats in 2014

Washington (CNN) - A new poll released Wednesday indicates voters are divided on whether they'll vote for Democratic or Republican House lawmakers in next year's midterm elections.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 39% of voters say they would choose a Democrat in their congressional district if the election were held today, while another 39% say they would choose a Republican.

In a similar Quinnipiac survey released October 1, Democrats held a 43%-34% advantage over Republicans.

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The change comes after gridlock in Congress forced a 16-day partial government shutdown last month, and as Democrats have played defense on the problematic launch of HealthCare.gov and initial promises that turned out to be inaccurate about the health care law.

In their effort to retake the House, Republicans are certain to make the Obamacare rollout a major attack point in 2014 elections nationwide, while Democrats have indicated their winning strategy will involve blaming Republicans for the shutdown.

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According to the new poll, independent voters have shifted in favor of Republicans. On October 1, 32% supported Democrats while 30% backed Republicans. The new poll shows 37% support Republicans and 26% back Democrats.

Quinnipiac notes that voters still disapprove more of Republicans in Congress, 73%-20%, than they disapprove of Democrats, 62%-30%.

"In Washington today, it comes down to who the voters dislike the least," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "There are no heroes."

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Quinnipiac's poll came after Gallup released a survey on Tuesday showing only 9% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. That's the lowest congressional approval rating in the 39 years Gallup has asked that question.

Quinnipiac surveyed 2,545 registered voters nationwide by telephone from November 6-11. The sampling error is plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.

– CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House • Polls
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    "In their effort to retake the House, Republicans ..."

    Sigh.

    November 13, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    "According to the new poll, independent voters have shifted in favor of Republicans. On October 1, 32% supported Democrats while 30% backed Republicans. The new poll shows 37% support Republicans and 26% back Democrats"
    ------------–
    That translates into the GOP holding the house. On to the Senate...

    November 13, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Donna

    Just wait until another 90-120 million Americans receive health insurance cancellation notices in 2014 thanks to Obamacare!

    Or is it ObamaLIES??!!

    November 13, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. NC

    It is all a game people, no real work gets done.

    November 13, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    @donna, it is quite normal when new law kicks in cancellations happen, no big deal. They can buy from Healthcare-Exchange at cheaper price to lower deduction. Google fixes this mess.

    November 13, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Borderless

    Dear Republicans,
    Ditch the Tea Party, polls go up.
    It's that simple.

    November 13, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. truth hurts but reality bites

    In their effort to retake the House, Republicans are certain to make the Obamacare rollout a major attack point in 2014 elections nationwide, while Democrats have indicated their winning strategy will involve blaming Republicans for the shutdown.
    -–

    Besides the obvious mistake of the Republicans retaking the House (should be Senate), if this is the Democrats strategy they are royally out to lunch. Millions and millions of Americans are personally affected in a negative way by Obamacare, with millions more predicted next year. The government shutdown, I mean the 17% of the government that was shutdown affected almost nobody. People will be asking what shutdown? But the pain and suffering of having had your healthcare cancelled will evoke massive emotions as it is a very personal thing.

    All of the Democrats should truly be concerned about their seats next November. And that is why you are seeing an open revolt in the Democrat Party right now. Many are ready to throw Obama right under the bus that he threw them under with his lies.

    November 13, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Well CNN, your poll can be split, but I'm voting AGAINEST every GOP incompetent fool on the ballot down here in Florida in 2014 midterm elections in 2014, NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!!

    November 13, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Keep living in fantasy world republicans. We are not going to forget about the government shutdown no matter how much you try to distract the public from it. We want our $24 billion dollars back!!!

    November 13, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. simplyput

    "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. let us accept our own responsibility for the future"

    John F. Kennedy, 1958

    November 13, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. jinx9to88

    @ fair is fair – Dems were never gonna control the house in 2016. Karl Rove had state legislature redistricting done in 2010 when the census came out. Rove found out where the heavily populated GOP voters were and drew the lines known as gerrymandering. The GOP will have a strong hold of the house probably until 2020 when the new census comes out or unless the demographics change and the "true Repubs" start voting for Dems.

    November 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Gunderson

    Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Or any else. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    November 13, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. dragonfire0477

    Analysis: Because the GOP is getting ANY consideration at all, Americans are still falling behind in education.

    November 13, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. just saying

    simplyput
    "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. let us accept our own responsibility for the future"
    John F. Kennedy, 1958
    --

    kennedy would be drummed out of the far left/progressive/socialist/communist democrat party of today. he would have been primaried by the likes of elizabeth warren. kennedy would be a republican if he were alive today. he would be repulsed ny the likes of pelosi and reid.

    November 13, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Besides the obvious mistake of the Republicans retaking the House (should be Senate), if this is the Democrats strategy they are royally out to lunch"

    Don't worry, it's not the Dem's strategy. The statement you quoted was CNN's cartoonish oversimplified version of characterizing each party's strategy. They have to set up a simplistic dichotomy because it feeds the divisiveness and nontroversy manufacture that the MSM thrives on and because, quite frankly, their reporters appear to be too freekin stupid to handle conceptual frameworks with any real nuance.

    November 13, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |