Let's not forget how rare it is for one party to hold the White House for three consecutive terms. Photo: (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
The new USA Today/Pew Research poll out this morning is terrible news for Democrats and shows a possible wave forming that Republican candidates may be able to ride to majorities in both houses of Congress on Election Day.
The GOP's four-point lead in the generic ballot among registered voters, 47 percent to 43 percent, "shows the strongest tilt to Republican candidates at this point in a midterm year in at least two decades, including before partisan 'waves' in 1994 and 2010 that swept the GOP into power," USA Today reports.
In addition, by a margin of more than two to one, Americans say they are dissatisfied with the direction of the country.
But dig deeper into the polling results and you'll find a number Democrats should be even more worried about.
An astonishing 65 percent of respondents say they want the next president to pursue different policies than the ones pushed by President Obama.
That's bad news for Hillary Clinton or any Democrat looking to run for president in 2016. It also underlines why it's so rare that one party holds the White House for three consecutive terms.
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