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Poll: Support for Dems wavers but GOP still in disfavor

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  • Approval rating of what Democrats have done in control has fallen since May
  • Although numbers are down, Americans still favor Democratic Congress
  • 53 percent of respondents said they would vote for Democrat today
  • More than half say their opinion of Republican Party is unfavorable
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Democratic leadership in Congress has lost some support among Americans, but not so much that the public wants Republicans back in control, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Poll released Friday.

Poll respondents aren't as enamored of Sen. Harry Reid's Democrats, but still prefer them to Republicans.

Nearly half of 515 poll respondents, or 49 percent, said they disapproved of what Democratic leaders in Congress have done since taking over in January. Forty-two percent said they approve.

In May, 49 percent of poll respondents approved and 44 percent did not.

However, 57 percent said they believe Democratic control of Congress is good for the country, as opposed to 31 percent who said it is not. Complete poll results (PDF)

In November, the same month midterm elections were held and Democrats assumed control, 67 percent of poll respondents said Democratic control of Congress was good for the nation.

The sampling error for those questions is plus or minus 4.5 percent, as they were asked of a half sample out of 1,029 poll respondents.

In general, Democrats still enjoy more favor than Republicans, the poll showed.

Fifty-three percent of 907 poll respondents who are registered voters said they would vote for a Democratic candidate for Congress if elections were held today, compared to 41 percent who said they would vote Republican.

The sampling error for that question is plus or minus 3.5 percent.

And 51 percent of the 1,029 respondents said they have a favorable opinion of the Democratic party, with 38 percent reporting an unfavorable opinion. Fifty-three percent said their opinion of the GOP is unfavorable, compared with 36 percent who said it is favorable.

The margin of error for those questions is plus or minus 3 percent.

The telephone poll was conducted June 22 through 24. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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