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Shutdown hurts Young, Webster, Southerland, polling shows



Public Policy Polling shows voters are less likely to support Florida Republicans C.W. Bill Young, Dan Wester and Steve Southerland.

Commissioned, the poll asked voters if they would be less likely or more likely to support Congressman (fill in the name) if "you knew he voted to support shutting down major activities of the federal government as a way to stop the health care law from being put into place, or does it not make a difference?

Young: 59 less likely / 29 more likely / 11 no difference

Webster: 52 / 37 / 8

Southerland: 47 / 36 / 13

In each case, the voter said they would be more willing to vote for a Democrat, given the Republican move to shutdown the government over Obamacare. PPP surveyed 24 districts across the country that are considered competitive.

"If the 2014 elections were held today, Republicans would be in grave danger of losingcontrol of the House of Representatives" reads a poliing memo. "Democrats must pick up 17 seats to win control of the House. These poll results makeclear that if the election were held today, such a pickup would be well within reach. The districts where a generic Democratic challenger leads prior to any information being provided about the shutdown are: CA-31, CO-06, FL-02, FL-10, FL-13, IA-03, IA-04, IL-13, KY-06, MI-01, MI-07,MI-11, NY-19, OH-14, PA-07, PA-08, WI-07."

[Last modified: Monday, October 7, 2013 1:54am]


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