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Generic Congressional Ballot Tightens

Generic Congressional Ballot Tightens

Republicans have closed the gap in the Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.

The latest telephone and online survey finds that 43% 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. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This is the closest the ballot has been all year, but it remains to be seen whether this is a developing trend or a fluke.

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Democrats held a 46% to 40% lead last week. Rasmussen Reports is updating the Generic Congressional Ballot findings weekly on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. Eastern until the midterm elections in November.

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The survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted on May 13-17, 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. The big problem is that all but about 50 of the seats are shoo-ins for the party that now holds them.

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. 

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 May 13-17, 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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