46% of likely voters prefer a Republican-controlled Congress

NBC reports:

OCTOBER 15, 2014 — Republicans hold a slight advantage over Democrats in the midterm elections that take place less than three weeks from now, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

In the poll, 46 percent of likely voters prefer a Republican-controlled Congress, versus 44 percent who want Democrats in charge.  That two-point GOP lead is greater for Republicans than it was at this same point during the 2012 presidential election (when it was even at 45 percent), but it’s less than the seven-point advantage they enjoyed in 2010 (50 percent to 43 percent).

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The full poll is online here (PDF):