Poll: GOP Lead Growing For Midterms

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A cursory review of the left’s heated rhetoric and unjustified name-calling indicates desperation among Democrats hoping to retain their majority status in D.C.

As the 2014 midterm elections approach, many political experts see the opportunity for major electoral gains for the Republican Party. The results of a recent poll conducted by CNN and ORC reveal GOP candidates are in a prime position to capitalize on the Obama administration’s sagging approval rating.

In just the past two months, pollsters indicate Republicans overcame a wide deficit and now lead Democrats among likely voters. In October, voters were more likely to cast a ballot for a Democrat by a margin of 50 percent to 42 percent. Those results have almost reversed, with the GOP now leading 49-44.

ObamaCare’s continued unpopularity after a botched implementation Oct. 1 is receiving much of the blame for this shift. A number of other scandals – including Benghazi, IRS bias, and NSA data mining – have certainly contributed to the anti-Democrat sentiment.

While a relatively low 36 percent of Republicans say they are either “extremely enthusiastic” or “very enthusiastic” regarding the upcoming election, just 22 percent of Democrats expressed the same outlook. More than half said they would vote for a congressional candidate specifically if he or she expressed opposition to Obama.

The trend is more pronounced among male voters, the poll concluded. Two months ago, 46 percent of men expressed a preference toward Democrats, compared to a paltry 35 percent in the most recent survey.

Keating Holland, CNN’s polling director, concluded such results “spelled early trouble for the Democrats before the 1994 and 2010 midterms” as well as “for the GOP before the 2006 elections.”

Of course, many contend the GOP has gained support in spite of the party’s leadership. Congressional Republicans continue to be largely mired in their own approval slump; however, Obama’s disastrous second term has made leftism particularly unattractive for millions of American voters.

If there were more national voices able to effectively articulate a conservative game plan for the future, the GOP could easily secure a majority of voters for years to come. Unfortunately, establishment Republicans have become quite adept at grabbing defeat from the mouth of victory.

–B. Christopher Agee

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