Factbox: Poll shows Republicans headed for victory

WASHINGTON (BestGrowthStock) – Republicans are headed for a big win on Tuesday as voters upset over the economy are poised to hand them control of the House of Representatives, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

The poll predicted that Republicans will pick up 52 seats, leaving them with a 27-seat advantage in the House over Democrats who now control the chamber.

Here are more results from the poll:

LIKELY VOTERS FAVOR REPUBLICANS

* 50 percent of likely voters plan to vote for the Republican candidate, while 44 percent plan to vote for the Democrat.

* Among the wider pool of registered voters, Democrats enjoy an advantage, 46 percent to 45 percent.

REPUBLICANS MORE ENTHUSIASTIC

* 71 percent of Republicans said they were completely certain they will vote in the election, compared with 59 percent of Democrats.

* 68 percent of Republicans said they have been interested in news about the election, compared with 63 percent of Democrats.

PRESSING ISSUES, UNCERTAIN PROSPECTS

By overwhelming margins, those surveyed said it was crucial or important that Congress focus on a laundry list of issues: jobs, the budget deficit, healthcare, taxes, energy, the environment and the war in Afghanistan.

* Voters were split on whether Congress will get the job done. Some 47 percent said they expected Congress to accomplish very little or almost nothing next year, while 45 percent said they thought Congress would accomplish a great deal or get some things done.

* 56 percent said it was important for lawmakers to work with members of the other party to reach consensus, while 38 percent said they should stick to their ideological principles

OBAMA HAS MADE HEALTHCARE, ECONOMY WORSE

Voters believe that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, has made things worse on a variety of fronts.

* 41 percent said he has made healthcare worse, while 32 percent said he has made it better

* 50 percent said he has made the economy worse, while 26 percent say he has made it better

* 44 percent said he has made taxes worse, while 17 percent said he has made them better

* 53 percent said he has made the budget deficit worse, while 14 percent said he has made it better

* Voters were split roughly equally on whether he has improved the war in Afghanistan, the environment and energy policy

* Voters gave Obama credit for improving the war in Iraq. Some 38 percent said he had made the situation better there, while 20 percent said he has made it worse.

OBAMA FACES TOUGH RE-ELECTION

* 52 percent said they thought Obama would not win re-election in 2012, while 35 percent said they thought he would win.

* Obama’s approval rating stands at 45 percent, roughly where it has been since July. Some 51 percent disapprove of the job he is doing as president.

* 62 percent said the country was on the wrong track, consistent with surveys dating back to May. Only 33 percent said the country was headed in the right direction.

METHODOLOGY

Ipsos surveyed 1,075 U.S. adults between Thursday and Sunday, and 654 of those were determined to be likely voters. The survey has a margin of error of 3 percentage points, 3.8 percentage points for questions asked of likely voters.

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Jackie Frank)

Factbox: Poll shows Republicans headed for victory