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Trump sinks in scandals as new poll reveals more Americans want to turn Congress blue

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Democrats got good news during the Tuesday primaries, and they’re getting good news again Thursday morning. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds more Americans want to turn Congress blue – a lot more than those who want to keep it red.

The NBC News “poll shows that Democrats enjoy a 10-point advantage on congressional preference, with 50 percent of registered voters wanting a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 40 percent who want a GOP-controlled one.”

That 10-point difference is up three points from April, and it’s despite the improving economy.

And it’s looking bad for Trump-supporting Republican politicians.

“By a whopping 25-point margin, voters say they’re more likely to back a congressional candidate who promises to serve as a check on President Donald Trump.”

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The poll also finds that “a majority — 53 percent — say they’re less likely to vote for a candidate who supports the president on most issues.”

Perhaps one of the greatest indicators is enthusiasm, and Democrats are beating Republicans hands down.

“Democrats are more enthusiastic about the upcoming midterms, with 63 percent of them registering either a ‘9’ or ’10’ on a 10-point scale of interest, while just 47 percent of Republicans signal the same level of enthusiasm.”

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Despite this, the poll finds for the first time in many months, Trump’s approval rating has actually improved. He now sits with 44% approval, up 4 points from April.

Can Democrats take back the House and Senate? Only if they vote.


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