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Generic Congress poll remains neck and neck for Fall vote.

In the latest Rasmussen poll, 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. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and 10% are undecided. This is unchanged from last week and is the closest the ballot has been all year. Two weeks ago, the Democrats held a six-point lead.  While this sort of poll can't predict with certaintly who will run Congress next year, it can point to prevailing sentiment that could lead to seat changes once voters show up to vote in November.  

 

The poll is based on telephone and online surveys.  While some Americans question the veracity of polls in an age where more and more people don't answer their landline phones, Rasmussen has a reputation for careful work.  Still, the future of polling will be based on better predictions of future races--given the overall failure of most polls to predict the 2016 Presidential race's outcome.

 

In other Rasmussen polling news, a recent telephone and online survey of US likely voters found that 72% think Congress spends too much time on vacation.  Twelve percent don't see that as a problem, and 16% aren't sure.

 

Congress is on break this week for the Memorial Day holiday.