Slight majority want Democrats to retake power in 2018, poll says

The Senate Minority Leader Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York

And then there is history: The party holding the White House, with few exceptions in the modern era, has tended to lose congressional seats in midterm elections. This is especially true if you believe a new Washington Post / ABC poll that was just released.

As The Hill notes, the numbers suggest that despite an invigorated progressive movement that's increasingly turned to activism throughout the early months of the Trump administration, and the fact that Democratic candidates are favored over Republican ones by about 14 points on average, actual voter enthusiasm for Democrats has not shown major improvement.

The snapshot emerges just as Congress has hit a major stumbling block in its effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, with Republican leaders in the Senate falling short this week of the votes they need to advance their deeply unpopular bill.

When Senate Democrats in 2013 drastically weakened the ability to filibuster presidential nominees, it seemed like they were creating a glidepath for a president whose party controlled the Senate to speed through confirmations.

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What these results show us is that there is an overwhelming majority of individuals in this country who fear Trump's agenda and feel as though the only way to put a check on it is to vote in representatives and Senators from the opposite party.

In the 439 key "Trump counties" polled, 75 percent support his bargaining with global companies to keep jobs in America.

Although President Donald Trump has consistently low approval ratings, only 24 percent said their vote in the midterm elections will be to "oppose Trump". The poll had a margin error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. 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.

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