WASHINGTON – The Democratic lead on the generic congressional ballot has narrowed, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Rasmussen poll found that 46 of the respondents said they would vote for the Democratic candidate if the election were today, compared with 43 percent who said they would vote for the Republican candidate. Meanwhile, 3 percent said they would vote for a third-party candidate and 8 percent said they are not certain which party they would support.
The sampling included 2,500 likely voters and was carried out Sep. 16-20. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Three weeks ago a Rasmussen survey showed Democrats with a 5-point advantage on the generic ballot.
A mid-August survey showed the two parties in a dead heat for the first time since May. A July survey showed Democrats with an 8 point advantage.
Democrats likely will pick up the 23 seats needed to retake the House, according to recent polls.
However, pundits say Democrats face an uphill climb to retake the upper chamber, in part because this year’s political landscape favors the GOP.
Twenty-five Democrats are up for re-election, compared with only nine Republicans.