Gallup poll: Likely voters prefer Republicans over Democrats leading country by wide margin

Jeff Winkler Contributor
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Voters are heading to the polls tomorrow hoping to send President Obama a message, and a plurality want the commander-in-chief to know that they are not happy.

Thirty-eight percent of Americans said their vote is a message of opposition to Obama while 24 percent are voting to support the president, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Thirty-seven percent of voters stated that they are not trying to send a message to the president, the lowest number since Gallup began asking the question.

In the same poll, Gallup found that those more likely to vote think that Republicans would do a better job than Democrats leading the country, 45 percent to 23 percent, a 22-point difference.

While the party not in the White House traditionally wins some seats in an off-year election, the spread this year is wider than the 2006 midterms when Democrats were preferred by only a 7-point margin. The Democrats took back control of both the House and Senate that year. In 2002, when Republicans gained eight seats in the House even with a Republican in the White House, the preference was for the GOP over the Democrats, 38 percent to 29 percent.