Voters who have soured on the GOP over the last few elections are seemingly coming back into the fold according to a new poll.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows that voting blocs that had drifted away from Republicans have moved back toward the right.
Republicans have reassembled their coalition by reconnecting with independents, seniors, blue-collar voters, suburban women and small town and rural voters—all of whom had moved away from the party in the 2006 elections, in which Republicans lost control of the House. Those voter groups now favor GOP control of Congress.
"This data is what it looks like when Republicans assemble what for them is a winning coalition," said GOP pollster Bill McInturff, who conducts the survey with Democratic pollster Peter Hart.
He said the Republican alliance appeared to be "firmer and more substantial" than earlier in the year.
The biggest shift toward the GOP is with independents. In 2006, they broke in favor of a Democratic controlled Congress by a 40% to 24% margin. Now, they favor Republican control by a 38% to 30% margin.
However, the poll shows that most Americans overwhelming disapprove with the job that Congress is doing, with only about 20% approving.