Shutting down the government may end up costing Republicans control of the House of Representatives.
A series of polls released Sunday show just how damaging the shutdown
has been for the GOP. The liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling
compiled two dozen surveys, commissioned and paid for by MoveOn.org
Political Action, from House districts around the country, taken from
Oct. 2 through Oct. 4. Sample sizes were between 600 and 700 voters in
For Democrats to win a House majority, 17 seats would need to switch
to their party's favor. Results show that would be within reach, as
Republican incumbents are behind in 17 of the districts analyzed: CA-31,
CO-06, FL-02, FL-10, FL-13, IA-03, IA-04, IL-13, KY-06, MI-01, MI-07,
MI-11, NY-19, OH-14, PA-07, PA-08, WI-07. In four districts, the
incumbent Republican fell behind after respondents were told their
representative supported the government shutdown: CA-10, NY-11, NY-23,
VA-02. Three districts saw GOP incumbents maintain their hold over their
Democratic challengers, even after hearing their elected officials'
views on the shutdown, including CA-21, NV-03 and OH-06.
Back in 2012, Democrats picked up eight seats in the House, closing the gap of Republican control to 234-201. For a full breakdown of the PPP surveys, click here.