Generic Congressional Ballot GOP leads Democrats by 10 Points- 46%, Democrats 36%

Republican candidates now hold a 10-point lead over Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot, tying the GOP’s high for the year recorded the second week in March and their biggest lead in nearly three years of weekly tracking.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of likely U.S. voters would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate, while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.

This comes even as separate polling shows 74% of voters correctly identify Republicans as the political party Democrats have labeled the Party of No for their opposition to President Obama’s agenda.

But then the government bailouts of the financial industry and troubled automakers General Motors and Chrysler are still a sore subject with most voters. Fifty-seven percent (57%) have more confidence in the judgment of a member of Congress who voted against bailouts than in the judgment of one who voted for them.

Voter support for Republicans is up slightly from last week, while support for Democrats held steady. Since the beginning of the year, however, the Republican lead hasn’t dipped below seven points.

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters not affiliated with either major party now prefer the Republican candidate, while 23% like the Democrat. These results show little change from the previous survey.

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GOP candidates started 2010 ahead by nine points, while support for Democrats fell to its lowest level over the same period. Towards the end of 2009, Republicans enjoyed a more modest lead over Democrats, with the gap between the two down to four points in early December.

Throughout the fall and winter of 2008, support for Democratic congressional candidates ranged from 42% to 47%. Republican support ranged from 37% to 41%. When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, Democrats enjoyed a seven-point advantage on the Generic Ballot.

Read the rest at  Generic Congressional Ballot – Rasmussen Reports™.

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