An unnamed Republican would defeat Democrat counterpart if polls held today: Gallup

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Washington, Apr. 2 (ANI): Forty-seven percent Americans have said that they would vote for an unnamed Republican in generic ballots, while only 44 percent of them would back a Democrat, a new Gallup poll has revealed.

This is not good news for Democrats who seem to have failed obtain any benefit from President Obama's health care reform.

"These results suggest the Republicans would have a strong showing if the midterm elections were held today," the New York Daily Times quoted Gallup pollster Jeffrey Jones, as saying.

"Since Republicans usually vote at higher rates than Democrats, the Republicans' edge in voter preferences would likely exceed what the registered voter results indicate," he added.

The poll numbers could spell doom for the Democrats in the midterm elections.

"A Republican advantage among all registered voters in midterm elections has been rare in Gallup's 60-year history of tracking congressional voting preferences, happening only a few times each in the 1950, 1994, and 2002 election cycles - all years in which Republicans had strong Election Day showings," Jones said.

The poll doesn't directly blame health care reform for Democrats' woes, but it does find a dramatic jump in voter enthusiasm since the reform passed. (ANI)

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