Republican candidates now hold an eight-point lead over Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot, continuing the GOP’s near year-long edge over the competing party but the largest gap between the two in over a month.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate, while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. Support for Republicans rose a point from last week, while support for Democrats fell two points.
This week’s findings mark the GOP’s largest lead over Democrats since the third week of April, when Republicans posted a 10-point lead over Democrats, a high reached only one time since January and the party’s biggest lead in the history of Rasmussen Reports polling. Since then, and prior to this week, the gap between the two parties has been closing.
While solid majorities of Democrats and Republicans support their own party, the plurality (41%) of voters not affiliated with either major party now prefer the Republican candidate, while 20% like the Democrat. These findings have remained fairly consistent for months now.