The GOP's Internal Polling Displays Some Awful Signs For Republican Congressmen

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Politico reports this morning on how Congressional Republicans will look to use a series of contentious votes to build campaign momentum for the 2012 election. The GOP will complement the votes — including a symbolic effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — with advertising, robocalls and mailings. Here’s why Republicans are planning this assault: Their own internal polling shows some calamitous warning signs for November. 

GOP pollster David Winston conducted this poll in the middle of June, one that shows Congressional Republicans trailing Democrats in a generic ballot. Winston found that 47 per cent of those surveyed would vote for the Democratic Congressional candidate, compared with 45 per cent who would vote for the Republican candidate. That’s a flip from the 48-44 lead Republicans had in Winston’s May polling.

Here’s another troubling sign for Republicans: More people believe President Barack Obama is “more focused on job creation and growing the economy.”

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And there’s more. 50-three per cent of those surveyed believe Obama has “made progress in improving the economy.” Voters trust Democrats more on handling jobs, health care, and energy and gas prices. 

There are some silver linings for Republicans. Voters trust Republicans by 2 points on handling the economy, and by 7 points on taxes. And 52 per cent do believe Republicans have a plan for growing the economy. Keep in mind, though, that this is their own internal polling. 

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