The odds are continuing to point in favor of Republican fortunes in November’s elections as the party has now opened up a 10-point lead over Democrats in the “generic ballot” for Congress according to the Gallup poll:
Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences. The 10-percentage-point lead is the GOP’s largest so far this year and is its largest in Gallup’s history of tracking the midterm generic ballot for Congress. [...]
This marks the fifth week in a row in which Republicans have held an advantage over Democrats — one that has ranged between 3 and 10 points.
The Republican leads of 6, 7, and 10 points this month are all higher than any previous midterm Republican advantage in Gallup’s history of tracking the generic ballot, which dates to 1942. Prior to this year, the highest such gap was five points, measured in June 2002 and July 1994. Elections in both of these years resulted in significant Republican gains in House seats.
Earlier this summer, Democrats were touting Gallup after it showed them ahead for one week in the generic ballot. One can only wonder what they’re thinking now.