A new poll released Sunday show the Democrats could take the House as a result of the Republican-led federal government shutdown. A PPP pollng examination (PDF) of 24 Republican-held battleground districts from October 2-4 shows a Democrat winning over the incumbent Republican in 17 of the 24.
The surveys challenge the conventional wisdom that gerrymandering has put the House out of reach for Democrats. The surveys, commissioned and paid for by MoveOn.org Political Action, show Republican incumbents behind among registered voters in head-to-head contests with generic Democratic challengers in 17 districts. In four other districts, the incumbent Republican falls behind a generic Democratic candidate after respondents are told that the Republican incumbent supported the government shutdown. In only three districts do Republican incumbents best generic Democratic challengers after voters are told the incumbent supported the government shutdown. Democrats must pick up 17 seats to win control of the House. These poll results make clear that if the election were held today, such a pickup would be well within reach.
Think about what President Barack Obama and the Democrats could accomplish with control of the House and Senate for two more years.
ENDA. Immigration reform. Banking reform. Fixing the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Civil Rights Act. Gun control. Protecting a woman’s right to choose. Marriage. The list is long. Now is the time to start making your list, and pushing to get it done.