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CNN Poll of Polls: GOP up 7 points in battle for Congress

Washington (CNN) – A CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Tuesday indicates that 48 percent of likely voters would choose a Republican candidate for Congress if the election were held today, and 41 percent of likely voters say they would vote for a Democrat.

Fourteen days before the election, Republicans continue to lead Democrats when voters are asked whom they would choose in a congressional contest. The Republican margin has increased one percentage point since the last CNN Poll of Polls, which was compiled and released last Friday.

This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of five national surveys conducted during the from October 7-17 : Gallup (October 7-17), Bloomberg (October 7-10), Reuters (October 7-11), and Fox News (October 11-13). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

The generic ballot question asks respondents if they would vote for a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district, without naming specific candidates. It is used by many polling organizations, including CNN/Opinion Research Corporation surveys. In the battle for control of Congress, the generic ballot is arguably the most watched polling indicator, but it should not be considered one-stop shopping.