Democrats hoping that the economy and the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare would help them in the November mid term elections, may be in for a shock. A nationwide USA Today/Pew Research Center Poll shows the strongest tilt to Republican candidates at this point in at least two decades, including before the partisan wave elections in 1994 and 2010 which swept the GOP back into power. According to the poll, Democrats are saddled by the economy, skepticism about the health care law and record low approval numbers for the president. Probably the most devastating stat, by more than a 2 to 1 margin, 65 to 30 percent, Americans say they want the president elected in 2016 to pursue different policies and programs than the Obama administration. Registered voters are inclined to support the Republican candidate over the Democrat in a congressional generic poll by a four point margin. The GOP lead in the poll is the biggest at this point for Republicans in the past 20 years. In 1994, when the GOP regained control of the House and Senate, Democrats held a two point advantage in the spring of the election year while in 2010, when Republicans overwhelmingly regained the House the two sides were even. According to this poll, Democrats are significantly less motivated by their support for Obama, a factor which could affect voter turnout and the president continues to be a strong motivating force for Republicans going to the polls. Views of the Affordable Care Act remain dismal. 41 percent approve of the controversial health care overhaul while 55 percent disapprove. Meanwhile, as the Wall Street Journal reports, the GOP is poised to gain more state legislatures in the fall. The party already has full legislative control in 26 of the 50 states and holds 29 governorships heading into the election.
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