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CNN: Obamacare Fiasco Dims Democrats’ Midterm Prospects

The GOP has gained a small generic ballot edge


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Next year’s midterm congressional elections could be a tougher fight for Democrats due to fallout from the botched launch of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new poll form CNN/ORC International.

A CNN poll taken last month — as Republicans struggled to recover from the government shutdown — showed Democrats with a eight-point advantage over the GOP among registered voters, who preferred generic Democrats to Republicans 50% to 42%. In a poll conducted last week, however, the GOP enjoyed a slight 49%-to-47% lead over Democrats in the generic ballot, CNN notes.

In the time between the two polls, the public’s attention turned from the government’s budget battle to the glitch-plagued launch of the health insurance exchanges that are the most visible part of Obamacare. The President was also forced to backtrack on public pronouncements that Americans would be able to keep insurance plans they liked after a wave of cancellations mandated by requirements of the ACA.

CNN’s polling director said that the poll suggested that rural, white and high income voters were moving toward the GOP, while lower-income and minority voters continued to back Democrats.

President Obama has conceded that the rocky website launch has hurt his party — and he has apologized for the glitches. If the problems with Obamacare continue into the new year, it could further erode the standing of Democrats who are looking to keep control of the Senate and gain the upper hand in the House of Representatives.

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