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Bad Polls Swamp Dems

Just when the Democrats think the polling news can't get any worse, their numbers drop.

I'm starting to wonder whether these surveys create a self-fulfilling prophecy: The more the Dems look doomed in November, the harder it is to raise money and the more dispirited their supporters become -- although a major problem is that many of them who turned out in 2008 will probably stay home this fall.

Matching the WP poll this morning is this NBC/Wall Street Journal survey:

"When voters overall are asked whether they prefer that November's vote produce a Congress controlled by Democrats or by Republicans, they split evenly, 43% favoring Democrats and 43% Republicans.

"But among those who appear most likely to vote, based on their level of interest in the campaign and their history of voting, the Republicans own a dramatic 49% to 40% advantage. If that kind of lead holds, Republicans would almost certainly take back control of the House."

The worst statistic for Obama: only 39 percent approve of his handling of the economy, which no one expects to get better any time soon.

This poll got big play on "Today" and "Morning Joe" this a.m. and will undoubtedly get a top spot with Brian Williams tonight.

By Howard Kurtz  |  September 7, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
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