Democrats’ lead over Republicans on a generic congressional ballot has expanded to 16 points, according to a new poll from CNN.
The poll, conducted by SSRS, finds 54% of registered voters say they back a Democrat in their congressional district, 38% say they back a Republican. That’s a shift in favor of the Democrats since January, bringing their advantage in a hypothetical generic matchup to about the same level as early 2006, a year in which the party won control of both the House and the Senate.
In another good sign for Democrats hoping to regain the House in this fall’s midterm elections, a Quinnipiac poll released last week also found Democrats with a 15-point lead.
According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Democrats hold a narrower 8.5-point lead over Republicans on a generic congressional ballot.
The CNN poll found that a majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting.
The poll was conducted from Feb. 20 to 23 among 1,016 adults and 909 registered voters. The margin of error for the full sample is 3.7 percentage points.