Republicans Regain Lead on Generic Congressional Ballot

Well, that was quick. Democrats had built a big lead in the generic Congressional ballot following the government shutdown. That has completely evaporated in the wake of the disastrous Obamacare rollout.

A new Fox News poll gives Republicans a 3-point lead. The last survey had Democrats up by 8-points, marking an astonishing 11-point swing in the last month.

It’s not all rosy for Republicans. Just 21% of voters approve of the job Congressional Republicans are doing, compared with 29% approval for Democrats.

Democratic pollster Chris Anderson, who jointly conducts the Fox News poll with Republican pollster Daron Shaw, says the reason Republicans would improve their position on the vote question and not see the same pickup in their approval rating is because “voters aren’t ready to say they think the GOP is doing a good job overall, but are more willing to vote for ‘their’ Republican.”

Overall, 10 percent of voters approve of the job Congress is doing, up ever so slightly from a record-low nine percent last month.  Fully 85 percent disapprove of Congress.  That matches the all-time high disapproval rating lawmakers received last month.

Meanwhile, an overwhelming 86-percent majority thinks elected officials in Washington are doing more to “add to the country’s problems” than to solve the country’s problems (9 percent).  In 2010, 77 percent thought Washington was making things worse rather than better (16 percent).