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NBC/WSJ poll shows voters slightly favor Republicans over Democrats in Congress
by Nathan'ette Burdine: March 16, 2014

On Wednesday, NBC/Wall Street Journal released a poll showing that Americans slightly favor Republicans over Democrats in Congress.

Respondents were asked which party they believed would do a better job in Congress. And 44% of those polled chose the Republicans while 43% chose the Democrats.

Compared to the 2010 poll results, this represents a two percentage point decrease from 46% to 44% for Republicans and a one percentage point decrease from 44% to 43% for the Democrats.

The poll was released a day after Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alice Sink in Florida’s 13th Congressional District special election.

Many consider the race to be a test of how Democrats across the country will do if they run on President Obama’s health care law, Obamacare.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that 35% of those polled believe Obamacare is a “good idea” while 49% believe the law is a “bad idea.”

Alex Altman of Time Magazine wrote in his article that Democrats in heavily conservative states are choosing not to have President Obama campaign with them.

The health care law has had an affect on how voters view the job the president is doing. According to NBC/WSJ poll, President Obama has a 41% approval rating and a 54% disapproval rating.

Patrick O’Connor of the Wall Street Journal reported that President Obama’s 54% disapproval rating is the same as it was in December 2013, which is two months after the failed launch of the Obamacare website.

However, Congressional Republicans have been careful in how they use Obamacare to unite their base. After the Congressional Tea Partiers failed attempt at shutting down the government in order to defund Obamacare,
Congressional Republican leaders have been trying to broaden their appeal by working with Congressional Democrats on other issues like the economy.

The October 2013, Tea Party led government shutdown resulted in the Republican leaders joining with their Democratic colleagues in passing a bi-partisan budget bill and voting to extend the debt-ceiling.

But despite the parties’ willingness to work together on the economy, the feud between the parties and the president has had a lasting affect on voters’ feelings towards them.

The NBC/WSJ poll revealed that when respondents were asked about their feelings towards President Obama and the Democrat and Republican parties that the respondents gave the president and both parties higher negatives than positives.

And when those polled were asked if they had a chance “to replace every member of Congress,” there were 54% of those polled who said they would.

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