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  Poll: Republicans likely to take House
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Last EditedBrandon  Oct 13, 2010 12:42pm
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AuthorReuters
News DateWednesday, October 13, 2010 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON — American voters unhappy at high unemployment are poised to oust President Barack Obama's Democrats from control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 2 elections, a new Reuters-Ipsos poll found Wednesday.

The national poll found that Americans by a margin of 48 percent to 44 percent plan to vote for Republicans over Democratic candidates, an edge that is likely to allow Republicans to pick up dozens of seats in the House and make big gains in the U.S. Senate.

Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said the poll numbers show Republicans would win around 227 seats in the House to 208 for the Democrats.

In the Senate, the poll suggests Democrats would retain control by 52 to 48 seats, a smaller advantage than they have now, Young said.

A split Congress could mean political gridlock in 2011 as the United States struggles to overcome high unemployment, the gaping budget deficit and a fierce debate over tax cuts. Much will depend on whether Obama and Republicans can work together.
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