Gallup: Opposition to President similar to 2010 and 2006, greater than other second term midterm elections

Registered Voters' Use of Midterm Election Vote to Send Message to President, by Political Party
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Compared to the 2010 election, Republicans are virtually exactly the same, but Democrat support is down 7 percentage points.  Democratic strategist Mark Mellman in The Hill newspaper claims that Republican picks ups over 2010 will be small and that means the Republicans won't be able to claim a mandate, but that is equivalent to saying the tide isn't very high because it can't greatly exceed the record levels reached during the last hurricane.



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