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Republicans Have Slight Edge In 2014 Elections, Poll Finds

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A New York Times/CBS poll released Wednesday found that Republicans have a slight edge over Democrats going into this year's midterm elections.

The survey found that 42 percent of voters favor Republicans in the upcoming congressional elections, while 39 percent intend to back Democratic candidates. The difference, the Times notes, is within the poll's plus-or-minus 3 points margin of error.

However, the poll also found voters approve of Republicans less than Democrats overall. While 42 percent of those surveyed said they say view Democrats favorably, just 33 percent say they see Republicans in a positive light. Meanwhile, 53 percent have an unfavorable view of Democrats compared to a 61 percent unfavorable rating for Republicans.

Additionally, the survey found approval of President Barack Obama at 41 percent -- one of his lowest ratings in the poll.

A CNN/ORC poll conducted in December found similar trends going into 2014, with voters prefering Republican candidates 49 percent to 44 percent. However, an ABC/Washington Post poll conducted around the time found Democrats with a 2 point edge in the congressional races.

HuffPost Pollster's tracking model currently shows Democrats with an edge in national House race polls:

The NYT/CBS poll surveyed 1,644 adults from February 19 to February 23.

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