Republicans Feeling Confident Headed into 2014

Midterm elections are never easy for the party who holds the White House.

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House Speaker John Boehner, left, joined by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, takes reporters' questions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

 A messy Obamacare rollout is giving Republican voters all the mojo they need to believe their candidates can take back the Senate and maintain the House of Representatives in 2014, a new poll says.

The Pew Research Center poll out Friday shows that with just 11 months until the midterm elections, Republicans are more confident than Democrats that their candidates will prevail.

The poll indicates 55 percent of Republican voters believe the 2014 election will be a major victory for the GOP. Only 43 percent of Democrats, meanwhile, are confident their party will manage to pull out a win. Midterm elections have typically been an uphill climb for whichever political party holds the White House. In 2006, 64 percent of Democrats were enthusiastic they could take back the House of Representatives as President George W. Bush, struggled with foreign affairs.

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In 2010, just after President Barack Obama signed his landmark health care law, Republicans won the midterm election in a landslide with 87 freshmen Republicans being elected to the House of Representatives.

Both times, Republican and Democratic voters predicted their party's respective victories.

Republican voters aren't as optimistic as they were in 2010 when 72 percent of them believed their party had the edge. A government shutdown in October had put the Republican Party in the danger zone just two months ago. But still that stumble appears to be a blip on the radar as the Obama administration struggles with computer glitches and broken promises when it comes to the president's signature health care law. On top of that, Republicans have their eye on vulnerable Democrats who hold Senate seats in Republican-leaning states like North Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska and Montana.

The new poll was conducted between Dec. 3 and Dec. 8 and included more than 2,000 voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

 

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