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Republicans Could Win House of Representatives. What with the Senate?

MIAMI - OCTOBER 28: Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade fills out his ballot during early voting October 28, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Wade voted today while being accompanied by Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) who is facing off against Republican candidate Marco Rubio and Independent candidate Florida Governor Charlie Crist

Republicans are poised to retake the U.S. House next week without a mandate from voters to carry out their policies, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.

The minority party, whose supporters are more motivated and enthusiastic, leads 47 percent to 44 percent when likely voters are asked how they plan to vote in their congressional election, according to the poll conducted Oct. 24-26. The margin is wide enough that if it holds over the next five days it likely would give Republicans the net 39-seat gain needed to capture the House.

At the same time, voters either are divided about or opposed to the policies and approach that Republicans have said they would offer once in control, particularly on cutting spending; voters also want the parties to work together.

President Barack Obama’s campaigning isn’t helping Democrats, the poll shows, with a majority saying it makes no difference and almost one-fourth saying his efforts on behalf of his party actually make them more likely to vote Republican. Another Democrat, former President Bill Clinton, may be helping, as he outscores other politicians tested on popularity by a wide margin.

“The Democrats are not in an enviable position going in, but if Republicans are victorious, they can’t afford to just sit still,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm that conducted the nationwide survey. “There is an expectation that if you change captains of the ship, things will go in a better direction.”

Anti-Washington Wave

Poll respondents reflected the anti-Washington sentiment that has placed many lawmakers on the firing line this election season.

“I think anyone who is in there, we need to throw their ass out,” said…READ MORE HERE.