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New Battleground Poll: challenges for both parties

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A new bipartisan George Washington University Battleground Poll finds a majority of voters saying the country is on the wrong track and that the economy and jobs are their largest concerns.

“Both parties have challenges,” said Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners. Lake, a Democratic pollster and strategist, directs the Battleground Poll along with Ed Goeas, president and CEO of the Tarrance Group, an influential Republican political consulting firm. Lake and Goeas were the guests at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters on Wednesday.

Mixed messages for the parties

There are mixed messages for each party in the results of the survey of 1,007 registered likely voters conducted July 19-23.

For Democrats, there is good news in the fact that President Obama has a personal approval rating of 72 percent and a job approval rating of 53 percent. But Democrats have only a three point advantage (43 to 40 percent) when voters are asked which party they would prefer to represent them in Congress.

“Our challenge is three-fold," said Ms. Lake. "Deliver on the economy and, as we are doing other initiatives, be sure that we never forget voters are worried every day about the economy. Two, show real results on healthcare and energy policies for independents, for middle class America. And three, as we go into the elections remember it’s going to be the economy and it is going to be making sure our voters turn out.”

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