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DCCC poll: Clinton leading Trump in Dold district by 31 points, Schneider up by 6

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Politico

Hillary Clinton is trouncing Donald Trump in several swing House districts, Democratic Party officials say in a new memo obtained by POLITICO that touts the party’s down-ballot prospects in November but does not predict they’ll capture the chamber.

Clinton is posting double-digit leads in several vulnerable Republican districts including Rep. Bob Dold in Illinois, Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo, California freshman Rep. Steve Knight, Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado and Rep. Erik Paulsen in Minnesota, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee memo states. [Emphasis added.]

* From the memo, with emphasis added

Problem #3: Top of the Ticket Performance Dictates the Outcome of House Races

A “congressional firewall” argument from national Republicans cannot reverse this trend

Down-ballot races are always driven by the presidential race, with performance in House races closely tied to presidential performance. With the country getting more polarized overall, this trend only increases. As Dave Wasserman notes, “Today, rates of split-ticket voting are at all-time lows and House candidates are defined by their party and the top of the ticket more than ever.”

For example, in 2008 and 2012, the national average difference in support between the top of the ticket and the House was only 1.9%. In 2014, 93% of the outcomes in House races followed the 2012 presidential result.

The 2016 election is a nationalized race defined by Donald Trump, and the national polls have Clinton in a clear lead […]

Recent DCCC polling shows that this reality is also playing out in the swing districts:

    In CA-10: Hillary Clinton is beating Donald Trump by 6 points
    In CA-25: Hillary Clinton is beating Donald Trump by 12 points
    In CO-06: Hillary Clinton is beating Donald Trump by 14 points
    In FL-07: Hillary Clinton is beating Donald Trump by 14 points
    In FL-26: Hillary Clinton is beating Donald Trump by 24 points
    In IL-10: Hillary Clinton is beating Donald Trump by 31 points
    In MN-03: Hillary Clinton is beating Donald Trump by 24 points

Donald Trump’s likely defeat in many swing districts will be a devastating anchor that drags down House Republicans all across the country.

* The DCCC sent me its polling memo for the 10th District

• Brad Schneider is beating Bob Dold (46% Schneider / 40% Dold)—and he has more room to grow. Schneider has a name ID deficit (64% name ID for Schneider / 77% for Dold), and voters who can identify both candidates give Schneider an even larger 18-point lead (54% Schneider / 36% Dold). So Schneider’s lead could very well expand as people get reacquainted with the candidates.

    o One of Schneider’s best groups is voters under 35 years old (52% Schneider / 33% Dold) who are more likely to turn out in a Presidential election than a midterm.

• This district is rejecting Donald Trump and the Republican brand. Hillary Clinton holds a 31-point lead in a race for President (56% Clinton / 25% Trump). Voters overwhelmingly dislike Trump (22% favorable / 74% unfavorable), including 64% of
voters who have a very unfavorable view of Trump.

    o Even more importantly, voters say they are more likely to vote Democratic than Republican for Congress in an unnamed matchup for Congress (49% Democrat / 31% Republican).
    o Voters who are currently undecided in the vote for Congress lean Democratic by almost 2:1 before they hear candidate names (37% Democrat / 19% Republican), making them likely to break for Schneider.
    o Barack Obama is also very popular in the district (63% favorable / 35% unfavorable), and voters think he is doing a good job as President (67% positive / 32% negative).

* Methodology

This analysis is based off of a survey of n=400 November 2016 voters in IL CD-10, conducted via cellphone and landline telephone August 2-4, 2016. The data was weighted to be representative of past voter turnout. The margin of sampling error for the overall sample is +4.9% at the 95% confidence level, and it is higher for subgroups.

       

17 Comments
  1. - Doug - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 3:26 pm:

    Blood bath


  2. - Norseman - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 3:26 pm:

    I guess Dold’s been Trumped.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 3:27 pm:

    Remember…

    Bruce Rauner supports Donald Trump.

    It’s not up for debate or discussion.

    Dold make get “help” from Kirk pushing back on Trump, but Bruce Rauner…

    Bruce Rauner supports Donald Trump… for President.

    Period.


  4. - illini - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 3:28 pm:

    So how is she polling in the Shimkus, Bost and Davis districts downstate?

    Could have an effect on the down ballot races, from County Board to some of the Judicial races that will be on our ballots. Not to mention Duckworth and Mendoza.


  5. - Amalia - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 3:31 pm:

    And these polls were done BEFORE yesterday’s suggestions of violence against HRC and/or federal judges.


  6. - Walmart Manager - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 3:49 pm:

    I wonder when Dold is going to get tired of winning every other year and go lobby.


  7. - TominChicago - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 3:56 pm:

    Walmart Manager - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 3:49 pm:

    I wonder when Dold is going to get tired of winning every other year and go lobby.

    I’ve always wondered if Dold and Schneider both lease the same apartment in DC.


  8. - Bruce keep Lighting your money on fire - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 4:09 pm:

    Please do


  9. - G'Kar - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 4:25 pm:

    “Voters overwhelmingly dislike Trump (22% favorable / 74% unfavorable), including 64% of voters who have a very unfavorable view of Trump.”

    I wonder what the favorable/unfavorable ratio was for Clinton?


  10. - Federalist - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 4:50 pm:

    I understand very well why people dislike Trump. I find it very difficult to understand why there is that much trust and faith in Clinton or Obama (with the exception of very liberal and heavily minority districts.)


  11. - Precinct Captain - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 5:06 pm:

    How long until Dold tries to switch parties LOL


  12. - Losing My Edge - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 6:01 pm:

    -Federalist @ 4:50-

    Elections are typically either/or decisions. The trust and faith placed in Clinton is at least partly to do with the lack thereof in the alternative.


  13. - The All Knowing Oz - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 6:02 pm:

    As Yogi Berra said: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”


  14. - Last Bull Moose - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 6:03 pm:

    Sold may have to switch. The Republicans may dissolve.


  15. - Last Bull Moose - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 6:30 pm:

    Meant Dold.

    If what passes for Moderates in the Republican party are wiped out, expect really strange behavior from those who are left.


  16. - weltschmerz - Wednesday, Aug 10, 16 @ 6:46 pm:

    Does anyone else have caller ID? Do you answer numbers you don’t recognize? So, only lonely or dumb people respond.


  17. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Aug 11, 16 @ 8:39 am:

    And these poll numbers will be the ‘final straw’ for Paul Ryan.

    Ryan will eventually denounce and de-endorse Trump, but it won’t be due to Trump’s many bigoted statements. Or Trump’s rash talk about assassins and nukes. Or even Trump’s many weird ties to Putin.

    When Ryan finally turns on Trump, it won’t be a moral stand based on conservative values or what’s best for the country; it will be a transparent, last ditch effort to protect his majority in the House.

    Donald Trump’s reckless, egotistical will to power makes him a danger to the future of his party and to the future of his country — but Trump is not unique in that regard.

    – MrJM


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