Republicans Take Biggest Congressional Poll Lead Over Democrats Since 1981

Democrats concerned about the party’s prospects of keeping control of Congress were hammered with more bad news on Tuesday, with a key poll showing that Republicans now hold a ten-percentage-point lead among registered voters.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll, which is considered among the most reliable political surveys, found 51% of registered voters leaning Republican on a generic congressional ballot, with just 41% leaning toward Democrats.

The finding marks by far the biggest lead Republicans have ever held on a congressional ballot in the poll’s history, which has surveyed the issue since 1981.

Among all recent polls, Republicans hold an average lead of two percentage points over Democrats, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average, despite Democrats traditionally dominating generic congressional ballot polls.

President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are banking that the passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package will work to reverse Biden’s falling approval rating and the party’s dwindling fortunes heading toward the midterms. Just 8% of respondents in Tuesday’s poll said they think Biden has accomplished a “great deal” since taking office, while 45% believe he has done “little or nothing” and another 18% say he’s done “not much.” Biden signed the infrastructure bill into law on Monday.

Democrats narrowly control the House of Representatives and hold the Senate by the thinnest of possible margins, with an even 50-50 split between the GOP and Democratic caucuses leaving Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote in favor of Democrats. But despite holding majorities, Democratic leadership has been frustrated by infighting between the party’s centrists and its more left-leaning, progressive wing, which caused a months-long standoff that delayed the passage of the infrastructure package until November 5. In the meantime, Republicans have been hammering Democrats over what they say is a lack of ability to govern while the nation deals with increasing challenges, like inflation.

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