Voters are still more likely to support Democrats in November’s midterm elections, but a new poll shows the party’s edge is slowly deteriorating.
Roughly 47 percent of registered voters said they would cast their ballots for their congressional district’s Democratic candidate in the upcoming race for the House of Representatives, and 43 percent said they preferred the Republican contender, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
That Democratic advantage, at 4 percent, weakened significantly since the beginning of the year, when the party had a 12 percent lead over the GOP, according to an earlier Post-ABC poll. In January, 51 percent of registered voters said they would vote for the Democratic candidate, and 39 percent said they would vote for the Republican candidate.
Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to win back the House majority from Republicans, who have controlled the chamber since 2011.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s rating, which was 36 percent in January, has increased to 40 percent — its highest level since last April. But the president still faces a 56 percent disapproval rating, the poll shows.
The overall results of the April poll of 1,002 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 points among the sample of 865 registered voters.