Rasmussen Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans 42%, Democrats 40%

Republicans hold just a two-point lead over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending April 24, 2011. This is the narrowest gap between the two parties since October 2009.

The GOP has been consistently ahead on the Generic Ballot since June 2009, leading by as much as 12 points and as little as two. The week before Election Day last November, support for Republicans peaked at 51%, the highest level of support either party has enjoyed in the last two years, but GOP support tapered off after that. Democrats enjoyed a seven-point lead on the Generic Ballot when Barack Obama took office as president in late January 2009, but their support has generally remained in the mid- to upper 30s since June of that year.

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