In generic matchup, Democratic candidates sweep past GOP House contenders

10/09/2013 5:48 PM

10/09/2013 5:48 PM

In another sign of just how damaging the government shutdown is for GOP political prospects, a new poll out Wednesday

from (the Democratic-leaning) Public Policy Polling shows big gains for Democratic congressional candidates.

The survey had generic Democratic candidates leading by 46-41 percent over Republicans, which is significant given that Democrats are supposed to take it on the chin in next year’s mid-term elections, at least based on historical precedent.

And among those all-important independent voters, Democrats led by 42-33 percent. That’s a big jump since July,

PPP said

.

By a 51-37 percent margin, respondents said Republicans are more at fault than Democrats for the shutdown, and by a 57-41 percent margin they think Congress is more to blame than the President.

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