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Poll: Half of voters want Democrats to control Congress

Half of registered voters want a Democratic-controlled Congress, according to a new poll, signaling a competitive 201...

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 9:13 AM
Updated: Dec 18, 2017 9:13 AM

Half of registered voters want a Democratic-controlled Congress, according to a new poll, signaling a competitive 2018 midterm election season in which Democrats will aim to gain back control of both chambers of Congress.

Fifty percent of registered voters say they would prefer Democrats control Congress, while 39 want Republicans in charge, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday.

50% of registered voters say they would prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress

President Donald Trump's job-approval rating is now at 41%, according to an NBC News/WSJ poll

The findings mark the biggest congressional preference for Democrats in the poll since 2008, when Barack Obama was elected President and the party made gains in both the House and Senate, NBC News reported.

The poll comes on the heels of the Alabama Senate race, where Democrat Doug Jones pulled out a surprising victory over Republican Roy Moore. A Democrat had not won in Alabama in about a quarter century, and Democrats see the victory as a promising sign going into 2018.

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The poll also finds that 59% of Democratic voters say they have a high level of interest in the 2018 midterms, compared with 49% of Republican voters. Democrats will hope to turn this enthusiasm into votes and turnout come 2018 as they try to win back the House and Senate.

Another key takeaway from the poll: President Donald Trump's job approval rating ticked up 3 percentage points, to 41%, since the last NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in October. In the new poll, 56% of Americans say they disapprove of the President's job performance, but those who "strongly disapprove" (48%) outnumber those who "strongly approve" (24%) two to one.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted December 13-15 and consisted of 900 adults, nearly half of whom were reached by cell phone.

The poll has an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points, and a margin of error among the 736 registered voters of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 27900

Reported Deaths: 1082
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Hinds215239
DeSoto137316
Madison122234
Jones106949
Neshoba96069
Lauderdale88278
Rankin84112
Forrest81442
Scott75015
Harrison7448
Copiah56615
Leake54819
Jackson53316
Holmes52741
Wayne52112
Washington4969
Lee49316
Oktibbeha48624
Yazoo4736
Leflore47249
Lowndes45311
Warren44317
Lincoln43534
Lamar4197
Grenada3805
Monroe36729
Pike36712
Attala35223
Lafayette3524
Newton3289
Sunflower3066
Covington3025
Bolivar27713
Panola2706
Adams26718
Chickasaw25918
Tate2577
Jasper2506
Marion24811
Pontotoc2476
Noxubee2458
Pearl River24432
Winston2435
Clay24210
Claiborne23610
Simpson2303
Smith20611
Clarke20124
Marshall2013
Coahoma1866
Kemper17614
Union1759
Walthall1724
Yalobusha1617
Carroll16011
Lawrence1591
Itawamba1278
Calhoun1244
Humphreys1239
Tippah12311
Webster12310
Montgomery1222
Hancock12013
Jefferson Davis1064
Tallahatchie1043
Prentiss983
Greene927
Jefferson923
Wilkinson919
Tunica893
Amite822
George743
Choctaw714
Quitman680
Tishomingo681
Perry614
Alcorn561
Stone521
Franklin382
Benton270
Sharkey240
Issaquena71
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 39604

Reported Deaths: 961
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Jefferson4387142
Montgomery383999
Mobile3697134
Tuscaloosa204938
Marshall153710
Lee118937
Shelby108223
Madison10577
Morgan9813
Walker86723
Franklin85213
Dallas8198
Elmore81314
Baldwin6869
Etowah62513
Butler60427
DeKalb6025
Chambers58127
Tallapoosa56369
Autauga54511
Unassigned52025
Russell4840
Lowndes45820
Lauderdale4446
Houston4344
Limestone4090
Cullman4003
Pike3995
Colbert3685
Bullock3629
Coffee3532
Barbour3231
Covington3087
St. Clair3042
Hale29321
Marengo28611
Wilcox2808
Sumter27612
Calhoun2705
Talladega2677
Clarke2665
Escambia2636
Dale2440
Jackson2382
Winston2333
Blount2141
Chilton2112
Pickens2116
Marion20312
Monroe1972
Choctaw19212
Conecuh1804
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Macon1708
Randolph1709
Greene1667
Perry1451
Henry1303
Crenshaw1233
Lawrence1010
Washington1007
Cherokee747
Lamar711
Fayette671
Geneva670
Clay582
Coosa551
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