Americans Evenly Split on Which Party Should Control Congress, Poll Says

Americans are evenly split on which political party should control Congress, while about a third of likely voters are apathetic, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Monday.

About 32% of registered voters prefer that Democrats keep control of Congress, while 32% indicated that the U.S. would be better off if Republicans took over, according to Pew Research's survey of about 1,000 adults polled between Oct. 21-24. Thirty percent said it makes no difference which party controls Congress.

The poll indicates Democrats may be gaining ground on the Republicans. A Pew Poll released last week indicated that Republicans had about a 10-point lead over Democrats when it came to upcoming Congressional elections.

Meanwhile, slightly less than half of those polled said President Barack Obama should run for reelection in 2012, with 83% of Democrats favoring an attempt at a second term and 88% of Republicans against it, according to the Pew poll.


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Jerry

Does it really matter who wins control of Congress? Not really. Members of both parties owe their allegiance to the special interests who "buy" votes in the House and Senate through their campaign contributions. The comments posted here show just how ill-informed and ignorant voters are about politics. However, one change might make a significant difference: the creation of a conservative party that represents the true-blue elements in the Republican Party -- fiscal conservatives and libertarians. The GOP has sold itself to the Religious Right, whose obsession with social issues has distracted voters from more important matters and led to the election of incompetent, hypocritical, parochial and ignorant legislators. It is those Republicans who are responsible for the "selling off" of America and the monumental debts the coutry owes to China and Saudi Arabia. The mass export of American jobs to other couutries ia one of the legacies of the Reagan Administration. The country would have been much better off if George H.W. Bush, not Ronald Reagan, had been president during most of the 1980s. The lack of political will, incompetence, the ownership of Congress and the president by busness and other special interests will continue to erode our standing. Within 25 years, China, not the United States, will have the dominant economy. The voters must take most of the credit for the decline of the United States. The Founding Fathers did not trust the people to select the president and members of the Senate. Their fears have proved to be fully justified.

November 02 2010 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
windriver989

Evenly split? I don't think so. This pollster will be eating his words tomorrow evening as the results roll in.

November 01 2010 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tbwr4

Tuesday can't get here soon enough. Been waiting 2 years to vote for change I can believe in. Neighbors loosing homes, friends loosing jobs, everyone loosing confidence in false promises, and a failure in the nations capital to do anything about it except to give all the money away to supporters as they could. No more passing bills under the table, and voting them in behind closed doors. No more government mandated health care. No more financial bailouts. No more letting CEO's / crooks off the hook. No more lies about ending the war, and forgetting about our own US boarders. No more giving special treatment to illigals than tending to our own US citizens. No more borrowing from China to pay our bills. No more higher taxes to pay for things no one wants to pay for. No more liberal, tax and spend, progressive, democrates telling us whats best for this country. Tuesday can not get here soon enough!

November 01 2010 at 12:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sjoberdix

I don't who your polling but its not main street. If the polls ever did call, they would get " None of your bussiness, find out when the votes are counted" They don't get anything right anyway.

October 27 2010 at 5:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dterraman

BS....you will see it is not evenly split....so full of BS

October 27 2010 at 5:32 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Foltynski Family

Really, pretty sure its going to go GOP.

October 27 2010 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply