Democrats preferred in 2018, but without anti-Trump motivation

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. joined at right by Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. criticizes the Republican health care bill during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday

The GOP now has a 24-seat majority in the House and a two-seat majority in the Senate.

The poll suggests reasons the slide in Trump's approval may not translate into votes for Democrats.

Independents, meanwhile, prefer Democratic control as a bulwark against Trump's agenda by the same 14-point margin as registered voters as a whole.

A poll analysis also says the president's approval ratings, which have dropped to 36 percent, could influence how individuals will vote. That said, Democratic leaders all say they want to "fix" the Affordable Care Act but they've got to do more than rail against the GOP and congratulate themselves on stopping the GOP plans. Only 24 percent supported the habit.

Even more surprising is the fact that when the results were narrowed down to those who did not vote in 2014 but are certain to vote come 2018, the gap widened further. Independents, for their part, are most likely to say Trump won't be a factor in their vote, 62 percent; among the rest slightly more are in opposition than in support, 22 vs. 13 percent.

But as President Trump and Senate Republicans are learning to their great displeasure, that was not the case.

Fifty-two percent of registered Republicans say they'll vote to back up the president, while a smaller share of registered Democrats, 41 percent, say they'll vote to oppose him.

"While Democrats are heavily targeting the House in 2018, the Senate is seen as a tougher prize", notes the Post.

The poll did not ask a generic congressional ballot question - an indicator often cited by party strategists - but recent polls show that voters favor Democrats over Republicans for Congress by between six and 10 percentage points when asked whom they would rather vote for.

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