Hoyer Trumpets Generic Ballot Swing in Favor of Democrats

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) reasserted his belief Tuesday that Democrats would maintain control of the House of Representatives this fall. The House’s number two Democrat underscored his arguments with polling data to refute predictions by National Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) that the GOP would win control of the House.

Hoyer pointed to Democrats re-taking the lead in a “generic Congressional ballot” poll conducted by Gallup. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said they would prefer a generic Democratic candidate win in November compared to 43 percent who preferred a Republican.

“That’s a significant change,” Hoyer said, who indicated Democrats were making inroads with invaluable independent voters.

Republicans have consistently led in this poll. The survey did not question likely voters, but only registered voters.

Hoyer also continued to pin much of the country’s unrest on the Bush Administration.

“The American people get it. They know President Obama inherited a bad economy,” the Maryland Democrat said.