At a time when voters are clamouring for choice, an unfortunate situation is brewing. Holding the U.S. House of Representatives could take a turn for the worse for Republicans in 2012 when confronted with a three way Congressional race, Rasmussen reports.
A congressional race with an official Tea Party candidate in the running appears to be good news for Democrats.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds that in a three-way congressional contest with a Tea Party candidate on the ballot, the Democrat picks up 40% of the vote. The Republican earns 21% support, while nearly as many (18%) favor the Tea Party candidate. Twenty-one percent (21%), however, remain undecided.
Not surprisingly, Republicans and unaffiliated voters are more likely to be undecided than Democrats.
In a two-way race, Republicans continue to hold a modest advantage over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot.
In the new survey, the Tea Party candidate draws 28% support from GOP voters, while 85% of Democrats back their party’s candidate. Just 45% of Republicans support the Republican candidate in the three-way matchup. Among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties, 15% like the Republican, 29% the Democrat and 25% the Tea Party candidate.
Sixteen percent (16%) of all voters now consider themselves members of the Tea Party movement, down from 21% at the end of last year. Sixty-nine percent (69%) say they are not members, while another 15% are not sure.
Just 9% of voters rate the performance of Congress as good or excellent.