A new poll finds Republicans are maintaining an edge among voters a month before Election Day. However, Democrats are gaining ground.
The Washington Post - ABC News poll found that 49 percent of likely voters polled favor Republicans. That's compared to 43 percent for Democrats, closing the gap after a huge 13 point gap last month.
The survey also found that the GOP has a 20-point advantage among independent likely voters, who favor Republican candidates by 53-33 percent.
However, the Tea Party has seen a slight decline in popularity. In July, 30 percent of voters said they would support a Tea Party candidate. That support has dropped to 18 percent.
On big issues like the economy, it is estimated a third of Americans now believe the economy is improving. That's up 7 points from a month ago.
President Obama's job performance remains below majority approval. Fifty percent of Americans approve of his job performance; 47 percent disapprove among those polled.
Meanwhile, voter dissatisfaction with the government remains at an all-time high at 71 percent.
The poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2010 among a random national sample of 1,002 adults, including landline and cell-phone-only respondents. Results for the full sample have a 3.5-point error margin.