FACTBOX – U.S. Poll shows Republicans headed for victory

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. 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.

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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 – U.S. Poll shows Republicans headed for victory