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Democrats Expand Lead Over Republicans on Generic Ballot

Democrats Expand Lead Over Republicans on Generic Ballot

Democrats have widened their lead over Republicans on this week's Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.

The latest telephone and online survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters would choose the Democratic candidate if the elections for Congress were held today. Forty-two percent (42%) would opt for the Republican. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

A month ago, the two parties were dead even for the first time since May before Democrats jumped back out to a five-point lead three weeks ago. In early July, they led by eight, their largest lead since January.

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The survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted on September 9-13, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, all 435 seats are on November’s ballot. Republicans now have a 47-seat majority in the House, so Democrats would need to take away 24 GOP seats to gain control.

In the U.S. Senate, 32 seats are up for grabs this November, but 23 of them are now held by Democrats. So Democrats need to hold all 23 of those and pick up two of the Republican seats to win control of the Senate. 

Voters in both major parties are equally enthusiastic - and determined - about casting their ballots this fall.

An incumbent senator who votes to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to gain Republican and independent voters in November but lose Democrat support.

Still, most voters say they plan on voting for someone other than the incumbent in the upcoming election and, if given the option, would send everyone in Congress packing.

Additional information from this survey and a full demographic breakdown are available to Platinum Members only.


The survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted on September 9-13, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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