Feb 14, 2018

Poll: GOP pulls ahead on generic congressional ballot

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39% of registered voters said they would vote for the Republican candidate in their district if congressional elections were held today, while 38% said they would vote for the Democrat, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. The same poll also reflects a bump in Trump approval numbers, with 47% of voters saying they approve of the job he's doing as president against 47% who do not.

Why it matters: The most recent generic ballot poll from RealClearPolitics shows Democrats hold a 7-point lead over Republicans, in line with most polling from the last three months. But this is down from a 13-point differential at the end of 2017, with the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll — conducted between Feb. 8 and Feb. 12 — indicating the Dems' lead may be slipping.

Other highlights:

  • 43% trust Republicans in Congress to handle economic issues, while 32% trust Democrats more.
  • 52% consider passing a healthcare reform bill a top priority.
  • 78% believe Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the country and 60% believe in a path to citizenship.
  • 57% believe Rob Porter's resignation was the right course of action.

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What it was like when police used tear gas to clear a path for Trump

President Trump walking back to the White House. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Moments before President Trump began his Rose Garden address, a mass of law enforcement suddenly marched forward in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.

Why it matters: It was a jarring scene as police in the nation's capital forcefully cleared young men and women gathered legally in a public park on a sunny evening, all of it on live television.

Trump goes full law-and-order

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President Trump's final decision to speak in the Rose Garden last evening as protests raged outside the gate was made only hours before, reflecting chaos on both sides of the fence.

Why it matters: Trump’s ultimate remarks fell where his instincts always were: blunt, brutal law and order, with extreme demonstrations of militarized “strength” and blustery threats.