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(05/14/07) -

Democrats Still Ahead in U.S. Congress Ballot

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many voters in the United States would support the Democratic Party in the 2008 congressional election, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 47 per cent of respondents would back the Democrats, while 36 per cent would vote for the Republican Party.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many voters in the United States would support the Democratic Party in the 2008 congressional election, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 47 per cent of respondents would back the Democrats, while 36 per cent would vote for the Republican Party.

American voters renewed the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate in November 2006. In January, the Democratic Party took control of the lower house for the first time since 1994, with 233 lawmakers. A victory for the Democratic candidates for the Senate in Montana and Virginia also gave the party a majority in the upper house. Democratic California congresswoman Nancy Pelosi became the first female speaker of the House.

On May 11, Pelosi announced the legislative branch’s new bipartisan trade policy, which will simplify the ratification of pending commerce agreements with Peru and Panama, declaring, “Last November, Americans voted on a new direction, and that includes a new direction on trade. (…) We can have a bipartisan consensus on trade, but only with a recognition of labour and environmental principles.”

Polling Data

Generic Congressional Ballot

May 2007

Apr. 2007

Democratic Party

47%

45%

Republican Party

36%

35%

Third Party

4%

6%

Not sure

13%

15%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 800 likely American voters, conducted on May 2 and May 3, 2007. Margin of error is 4 per cent.