According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday, 40 percent of people questioned say the U.S. would be better off if Democrats ran Congress while 39 percent feel things would be better if Republicans took charge on Capitol Hill. The 1-point margin is a statistical tie. Support for Democrats is down from a 10-point advantage in August and a 25-point margin in January.
On issues, the Democrats lost support across the board as Republicans gained.
Among the economic and budget issues:
Among other domestic issues:
- On reducing the federal deficit, their 30-point edge a year ago has given way to a 7-point deficit.
- On taxes, they were up by 17 points; now they're down by 2.
- On health care, they were up 39 points. Now they're up by 4.
- On the environment, they were up by 44 points; they're now up by 25.
- On education, they were up by 35; now they're up by 15.
- On morality, they were up by 20 points; now they're up by 1.
Among foreign affairs and defense issues:
- On foreign policy, they were up by 20; they're now up by 1.
- On regaining international respect for the United States, they were up by 31; they're now up by 8.
- On Iraq, they were up by 21; they're now up by 5.
- On protecting against terrorism at home, they were up by 9; they're now down by 7.