Results of a new national poll by Democracy Corps contain mostly good news for Democrats and Obama and bad news for Republicans and Romney.
According to the Democracy Corps poll, Democrats are now winning on a generic Congressional ballot primarily as a result of a 9-point shift away from Republicans and toward Democrats among Independents since October and 19-point shift since August.
Two-thirds of voters now say they disapprove of the job Republicans are doing in Congress. Additionally, Republicans have now lost any advantage they had on the issue of who could best handle the economy.
Obama still trails Romney among independents but he has closed the gap to just 3 points, within the margin of error for this poll.
Obama’s favorable rating remains strong at 50% while only 31% of voters and 27% of independent voters view Romney favorably.
Finally, according to the Democracy Corps poll, Romney’s chances of beating Obama would be significantly damaged should Ron Paul decided to run as a third-party candidate. Paul would take 18% of the vote. Most of that (12%) would come from Romney supporters.