WaPo/ABC Poll: Democrat advantage on voter preferences and enthusiasm shrinks


The poll notes that in the five districts now represented by Republicans, 46 percent of voters back the Republican candidate while 44 percent back the Democratic one. Despite this, the poll found "that neither party holds an advantage among the 42 percent of voters who say it's "extremely important" that a congressional candidate share their view on the issue".

The survey released on Monday finds Democrats with a 19-point advantage statewide on the generic ballot, with 54 percent of respondents saying they plan to or are leaning toward voting for Democrats, compared to only 34 percent for Republicans.

The incident resulted in gun control advocates haranguing both parties about rules tackling the issue. In January, by contrast, Democrats held similar margins in all three groups - 13, 12 and 15 points, respectively.

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Three-quarters of voters who prioritize enacting new gun laws support Democrats for Congress, whereas 80 percent of likely voters who believe gun rights are more important support Republicans. Opinion split largely along party lines, but even among Republicans support was far from unanimous: 56% of Republicans thought the law was a good idea. "They have a lot more money to spend". But many more registered voters are unfavorable toward Trump than favorable, which keeps Trump as more of a vulnerability for the GOP.

Almost 58 percent of voters oppose the tax increase, including 39 percent who say they strongly reject the legislation, according to a survey the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies conducted shortly after the measure passed. That reverses a surprising finding in a December Journal/NBC poll, in which more voters thought Democrats would do a better job than Republicans handling the economy and taxes. (This is much less negative than Trump's 57-36 percent unfavorable-favorable score, albeit with a substantially higher share of don't knows.) As such, Pelosi's impact looks like a wash overall - except, potentially, in terms of motivating the Republican base.

Under Mr. Trump, deficit reduction and spending restraint have taken a back seat to the GOP's push to cut taxes and its support for a bipartisan budget deal that raised defense and domestic spending. Among registered voters, 76 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents see Pelosi negatively, surpassing her positive score among Democrats and Democratic leaners by 19 points.

The Post-ABC poll reached 1,002 adults from April 8-11. It had a margin of error plus or minus 3.7 percentage points for your complete sample and 3.9 percentage points for registered voters.