Two weeks ahead of the 2014 midterms, a new poll released by the Associated Press is showing that a majority of American voters expect the Senate to go to Republicans when all is said and done. Â The most shocking statistic in the poll is that women now favor Republicans by a 44% to 42% margin, but other surprises surfaced among generally accepted expectations.
On National Trends:
- 7 in 10 say the nation is heading in the wrong direction
- 6 in 10 disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president
- 6 in 10 describe the nation’s economy as “poor.”
On Congress and Voting:
- 9 in 10 disapprove of Congress
- 7 in 10 voters do not care for the job Republican Congressional leaders are doing
- 38% of adults would like Democrats to have control of Congress, 36% Republican
- 47% of those likely to vote want Republican control, 39% Democrat
- 40% said they would vote for the Republican in their local Congressional race, 32% say Democrat. Â Roughly 25% either have not decided or are going third-party.
On the Issues:
- Â 91% of voters call the economy at least very important – and 39% trust Republicans over 31% of Democrats in dealing with it.
- Health care, terrorism, ISIS, and Ebola came in behind the economy, and voters differ on which party can best handle each along the expected lines.
- 32% said same-sex marriage is important, which did not change.
How is the election going to come out? Â 55% expect Republicans to win the Senate, an increase of 8 points in a month.
For more information on the AP-GfK poll, visit the source story.