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Zogby Interactive: GOP takes 8-point lead over Democrats in congressional vote preference

Republicans have taken a 46 percent to 38 percent lead over Democrats on the question of which party's candidates for Congress likely voters say they will support in November.

The same poll finds President Barack Obama's approval rating at 43 percent.

The July 27-29 interactive survey of 2,389 likely voters also finds the percentage of likely voters saying the nation is on the wrong track at 60 percent.

The likelihood of voters choosing the Republican candidate increases with age.

For example, 18-24-year-olds favor Democrats, 55 percent to 39 percent.

Pluralities of all older age groups prefer the Republicans, peaking with a 50 percent to 36 percent margin among likely voters 65 and older.

White voters also chose the Republican candidate, 50 percent to 34 percent.

Among likely voters in households with incomes of $50,000 or less, Democrats lead Republicans, 46 percent to 42 percent.

Among likely voters in households with incomes of more than $50,000, Republicans lead Democrats, 45 percent to 39 percent.

Republicans lead Democrats among both men (50 percent to 38 percent) and women (43 percent to 39 percent.)

Obama Approval

Using a four-point approval scale of President Obama's job performance, a total of 43 percent either strongly approve (18 percent) or somewhat approve (25 percent); and a total of 57 percent either strongly disapprove (48 percent) or somewhat disapprove (8 percent.)

While a majority (56 percent) of the First Global generation born since 1979 approve of Obama's performance, 59 percent of older voters disapprove. Among white voters, 60 percent disapprove.

Other Poll Results

On the question of whether the nation is headed in the right or wrong track, 60 percent say wrong track, 29 percent say right direction and 11 percent are not sure.

Congressional job approval is 22 percent, with 76 percent disapproving.

The approval for Democrats in Congress is slightly better than that of Republicans. For Democrats in Congress, 35 percent of all likely voters approve, and for Republicans in Congress, 30 percent approve.

Pollster John Zogby: "Summer is again being brutal to the president and his party. Last August, the Democrats' health care plan took a beating from conservative critics, and overall support for it dropped. As we head into August now, our Zogby Interactive poll shows the president's approval and the Democrats standing against Republicans in Congressional elections among the lowest we have found.

By significant margins, independent voters disapprove of the job Obama is doing and say they will vote for Republicans in November.

Congressional Republicans also get very low ratings from voters; but GOP candidates represent change, and are in position to gain seats."