Republicans have expanded their advantage in the final days of the midterm campaign and now hold an 11-point lead among likely voters on the question of which party should control Congress, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg survey finds.
Some 52% of likely voters in the survey said they wanted the election to produce a Republican-led Congress, while 41% favored Democratic control.
By historical measures, an 11-point lead on the question of which party should control Congress is large. Republicans held a seven-point lead on the question at this point in the 2010 election in a Journal/NBC survey, which used a different method to determine which voters were most likely to cast ballots.
[V]oters registered strong dissatisfaction with Mr. Obama’s response to the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS. Among likely voters, 57% disapproved of his handling of the situation, while 40% approved.
Most of those who disapproved–some 87%–said they believed Mr. Obama’s response was not aggressive enough. Only 9% said they disapproved because they thought the U.S. response was too aggressive.