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While President Trump's approval rating has increased to 41% from 36% since August, Democratic House candidates still lead Republicans 53%-42% among voters ahead of the midterms, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

The details: Per ABC, the Democratic lead in the polls is reflected further by a widening gender gap. Women are more in favor of Democratic candidates (59%) while men are narrowly split (46%-48%) seeing only a 2% difference. If that gap holds until Election Day, it would be "the widest on record for a midterm election in exit polls dating back to 1982," ABC reports.

  • Democrats' most important issue is health care. The poll reveals that 53% of the public trusts Democrats to handle health care over Republicans. But Democrats still don't have a singular policy on their "Medicare for All" message.
  • Republicans are trusted more to handle the economy (45%-41%) and taxes (45%-42%).

The big picture: ABC draws comparisons between this year's election and the 2006 election, where there was a 54%-41% Democrat to Republican favorability split among voters. In that election, the Democrats gained 31 seats, ABC reports; they need 23 this year.

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Treasury Secretary nominee and former Fed chair Janet Yellen's confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday showed markets just what they can expect from the administration of President-elect Joe Biden: more of what they got under President Trump — at least for now.

What it means: Investors and big companies reaped the benefits of ultralow U.S. interest rates and low taxes for most of Trump's term as well as significant increases in government spending, even before the coronavirus pandemic.

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