- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A new poll shows Democrats are more trusted on the issues than their Republican counterparts, but that the parties are running neck-and-neck on generic ballots ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

The Washington Post-ABC  poll found that 68 percent of those surveyed said the Republican party was out of touch with the concerns of most people compared to 49 percent who said the same about President Obama and 48 percent who said the same about Democrats.

The poll showed that voters trust Democrats more when it comes to handing health care, energy and, immigration issues and that they have more confident in them helping the middle class.

But voters gave the parties similar marks on handling of taxes, the federal budget deficit and the economy.

The poll showed that voters would be less likely to support a congressional candidate that supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrations, and more likely to support candidates that support an increase in the minimum wage.

The parties were in a statistical dead heat when voters were asked whether they would support the Democratic or Republican candidate in House and Senate races.

The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday among a random national sample of 1,002 adults and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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