PRINCETON, NJ -- In the same week the U.S. Senate passed a major financial reform bill touted as reining in Wall Street, Democrats pulled ahead of Republicans, 49 percent to 43 percent, in voters' generic ballot preferences for the 2010 congressional elections, according to a new Gallup poll.
The Democrats' six-point advantage in Gallup Daily interviewing from represents the first statistically significant lead for that party's candidates since Gallup began weekly tracking of this measure in March.
Whether the Democrats' edge is sustainable remains to be seen, Gallup reports. Republicans held a four-point or better lead over Democrats in three Gallup weekly averages thus far this year, but in each case, the gap narrowed or collapsed to a tie the following week.
With Republicans' and Democrats' support for their own party's candidates holding steady in the low 90s this past week, independents are primarily responsible for Democrats' improved positioning. Thirty-nine percent of independents favor the Democratic candidate in their district, up from 34 percent -- although slightly more, 43 percent, still favor the Republican.
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