The Republican Party is the favorite among Americans in an early look at the 2014 midterm elections according to a new poll out Thursday from CBS News/New York Times. 42 percent of Americans plan to back the GOP while 39 percent say they will back the Democrats. Republicans are benefiting from support from Independents. Also President Obama's approval rating dipped four points to its worst standing in two years to 41 percent, with the exception of a CBS News survey in November just after the botched roll out of the Affordable Care Act. 51 percent disapprove of the President's performance. The NYT says such ratings amount to an early political alarm for Democrats on the ballot. When a party controls the White House its performance in the mid term elections typically tracks closely to the popularity of the sitting president. The poll also indicated Obamacare appears to have solidified opposition to Democrats who approved the unpopular health care act because no Republicans voted for the health care overhaul.
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