- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In the wake of a 2014 midterm election cycle that saw Republicans re-take control of the U.S. Senate and pad their already sizable majority in the House, a majority of Americans now want congressional Republicans, not President Obama, to have more influence over the direction of the nation in the next year.

Fifty-three percent want Republicans to have more influence over the direction of the country compared to 36 percent who want Mr. Obama to have more, according to Gallup.

The 17-point gap is even greater than the eight-point, 49 percent-to-41 percent advantage the GOP held after the 2010 midterm elections, as well as a nine-point advantage Republicans had over President Clinton after the 1994 midterms.

A plurality favored Mr. Obama over congressional Republicans after his 2012 re-election, 46 percent to 42 percent. And congressional Democrats had a 30-point edge, 61 percent to 31 percent, over President George W. Bush after the 2006 midterm elections when Democrats won back control of both the U.S. House and the Senate.

Mr. Clinton actually had a 29-point edge over congressional Republicans, 60 percent to 31 percent, after the 1998 midterms when the former president had an approval rating of 73 percent.

Thirty-four percent say Republicans’ controlling Congress come next year will make the country better off, 19 percent say worse off, and 44 percent say it won’t make a difference.

The survey of 828 adults was taken from Nov. 6-9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. 

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