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51% Want Their Vote To Put GOP In Charge of House, Senate

What a difference four years make. Half of Likely Voters nationwide now say they'd like their vote to turn control of both the Senate and the House over to the Republican Party.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of voters say that if their vote next month determined which political party wins control of the Senate, they'd like that party to be the Republicans. Forty-two percent (42%) disagree and say they'd like to see the Democrats remain the party in charge of the Senate. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This marks a noticeable turnaround from just before the midterm elections in November 2006 when 47% wanted their vote to throw control of the Senate to the Democrats, while 37% preferred putting the GOP in charge.

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This survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted October 20-21, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.  Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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