- The Washington Times - Monday, May 19, 2014

Deep dissatisfaction with President Obama and the health care law is dragging down Democrats heading toward this year’s midterm elections, with voters favoring Republicans in House and Senate races across the country, a new poll showed.

Voters in congressional districts and states that will decide the election say they prefer a Republican over a Democrat by a 7-point margin, 41 percent to 34 percent, with 25 percent undecided, said a poll conducted by GfK for Politico.

The survey found that voters in these battlegrounds disapprove of Mr. Obama’s job performance by 60 percent and nearly half support the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

The polling results confirm the widespread view among political strategists and officials form both parties that Republicans are poised to retain control of the House and pick up the six net Senate seats needed to seize the majority in the upper chamber.

Compounding the headache for Democrats, the poll showed that nearly two-thirds of voters prefer divided government in Washington where one party runs the White House and the other rules in both chambers of Congress.

About 37 percent of voters told the pollsters that their interactions with the federal government had been more negative than positive during the past year.

Voters in conservative districts and states, including Georgia and Arkansas, back much of the Democratic Party’s liberal agenda, including immigration reform and legislation requiring equal pay for men and women. But that’s not enough to overcome powerful opposition to the president and Obamacare.

Nearly 90 percent of voters said the health care law would be a factor in their decision at the polls, including 49 percent who said it would be “very important,” accordion to the pollsters.

In the poll, just 28 percent said immigration reform was “very important” in deciding how they cast a ballot, while 16 percent said the same about the equal pay issue.