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Americans would prefer a Democrat-controlled Congress

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Democrat Doug Jones' victory party in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo: AP

Americans would prefer a Democrat-controlled Congress after the 2018 midterm elections, per a new NBC/WSJ poll. Among registered voters surveyed, 50% said they would rather see Democrats as the congressional majority, while 39% said they prefer Republicans in power.

Behind the numbers: Democrats haven't seen such a strong lead since 2008, when voters preferred a blue congress to a red one by 14 points. They lead young voters, ages 18–34 by 48 points and women voters by 20 points. Republicans lead among white voters by 2 points and among white voters without college degrees by 12 points.