Fifty-three percent of Americans say they want Republicans — not President Barack Obama — to set the nation's agenda in the coming year, says a new Gallup poll.
The survey of 828 voters
conducted Thursday through Sunday found that only 36 percent said they wanted the Democratic president to steer the national discourse. That is down from the 46 percent who responded that way in a January 2012
In a November 2010 survey, 49 percent said they wanted the GOP in the driver's seat, compared with 41 percent for Obama.
The latest Gallup survey comes a week after Republicans retook the Senate and won the largest number of seats in the House since World War II.
Kentucky GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell, who was overwhelmingly re-elected to a sixth term last week, will replace Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid as majority leader when the new Congress is sworn in come January.
Both chambers reconvene for the congressional lame-duck session on Wednesday.
The latest Gallup survey also found that while Americans would like to see the GOP in charge, "most are not expecting a major upturn in national conditions as a result of the Republicans' success at the polls," the polling firm said in its analysis.
While 34 percent responded that the country will be better off under Republican control of Congress, versus 19 percent who said that will not be the case, 44 percent said it won't make a difference.
"The midterm election provided a clear signal as to which party voters want to control Congress," Gallup said. "But, after four years of partisan gridlock, most Americans are not optimistic that the election's outcome will improve things."
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