Poll Shows Voters Frustrated with Dems on Economy

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The midterm elections are just eight weeks away and the latest polls do not paint a pretty political picture for Democrats.

Republican congressional candidates have a 13 percent advantage over Democrats in an ABC - Washington Post poll of likely voters.

A different survey by NBC and the Wall Street Journal has 53 percent of those polled preferring a Republican-controlled Congress compared to 35 percent who want Congress to remain under Democratic control. It seems the electorate that put Democrats in charge of Washington are disillusioned with both parties.

President Barack Obama's party insiders say the Democrats just need more time.

However, analysts said the only thing that could rescue the Democrats would be if they suddenly rescued the economy. But the experts said it's too late for that.

CBN News Sr. Editor John Waage talked more about what may be ahead for Democrats in this fall's midterm elections on the Sept. 8 edition of the CBN Newschannel's Morning News. Click here to watch.

"I don't think there is anything that the president or Congress can come up with that would provide a big jolt to the economy by election day," said economist Mark Zandi.

Lisa Hudson is a construction worker and a Democrat. She says she's now ready to vote Republican.

"When Bush was in office, everything was nice and strong," Hudson said. "The economy -- I don't know what's going to happen next."

"It's been so bad for so long that these are attitudes that are very difficult to change until in fact conditions on the ground change," said Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates.

Big talk hasn't helped.

"The summer kicked off with Joe Biden predicting a gain of 500,000 jobs per month," said Republican stragegist Mary Matalin. "Instead, we've lost 400,000 jobs."

"There is and continues to be great frustration with where we are in this economy," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. "Among those frustrated is the President of the United States."

"The American people are concerned about whether or not they have a job, how they're going to pay their bills, the future of their children," Gibbs added. "I think that's what the American people are concerned about, and that's the task that the president will spend every day worrying about."

Still, voters have made it clear in polls they're frustrated with more than just the economy. They're also opposed to Washington's huge spending spree, and the new health care law.

As of right now, all signs point to the voters taking out their frustrations in the only poll that counts -- the one in early November held on Election Day.

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As senior correspondent in CBN's Washington, D.C., bureau, Paul Strand has covered a variety of political and social issues, with an emphasis on defense, justice, and Congress.  Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulStrandCBN and "like" him at Facebook.com/PaulStrandCBN.