A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg survey finds that “voters likely to cast ballots in the midterm elections favor a Republican-led Congress over a Democratic one, 49% to 44%.” The Wall Street Journal,
Registered voters, a larger group than likely voters, also said they’d prefer the election to produce a Republican-led Congress, a first since the poll began asking five weeks ago. The GOP held a lead of 45% to 43% on the question among registered voters.
The survey is yet more evidence that Democratic voters are tuning out the midterms. Democrats carried a 10-point lead among low-interest voters, who the party is trying to reach and motivate with vigorous turnout operations across the country. Republicans carried a 10-point lead in the new survey among voters who said they were highly interested in the election.
The findings come at a difficult moment for Democrats and for President Barack Obama, as he tries to calm anxieties over the spread of Ebola amid complaints from lawmakers that his administration has not responded forcefully.