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Poll: Democrats have ten-point lead over Republicans

Published: Thursday March 30, 2006

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Many voters in the United States will support Democratic Party candidates this year, according to a poll by SRBI Public Affairs published in Time. 51 per cent of respondents would back the Democratic contender in their congressional district, according to Angus-Reid Global Scan. Excerpts:


The Republican Party is second with 41 per cent. One per cent of respondents would vote for other parties, and eight per cent remain undecided. American voters will renew the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate on Nov. 7.

In the November 2004 U.S. Congress ballot, the Republican Party elected 232 lawmakers to the United States House of Representatives, while the Democratic Party secured 202 seats. The Republicans also have a majority in the Senate, with 55 members in the 100-seat upper house.


The Angus Reid report comes on the heels of a new Gallup poll which finds that more Americans are identifying as Democrats, which may give Democrats the edge in the November congressional elections.


"Americans are about as likely to identify as Republicans as they are Democrats according to a review of recent Gallup polls," Gallup says. "However, once the leanings of independents are taken into account, the Democrats gain an advantage. Democrats have been on par with, or ahead of, Republicans in party identification since the second quarter of 2005. Since that time, the percentage of Americans identifying as Democrats has held steady, but fewer have identified with the Republican Party and more as independents."

"In the eight national polls Gallup conducted in the first quarter of 2006, an average of 33% of Americans identified as Democrats, while 32% identified as Republicans and 34% as independents," Gallup adds. "More Americans have identified as Democrats than Republicans in each of the last four quarters, although in each case the advantage was small -- from less than one percentage point to three points."