Democrats have a reasonable chance of winning back control of the House of Representatives next year, according to a new survey.
The survey, released Monday by left-leaning polling group Public Policy Polling, showed substantial declines in the favorability of GOP members of the House in 25 Republican-held districts.
According to the survey, the Republican incumbents in 15 of those 25 districts trailed in polling against generic Democratic candidates.
House Democrats, currently the minority party in the lower chamber, would need to see a net increase of 17 seats to take back the majority.
But the authors of the survey, which was financed by progressive nonprofit MoveOn.org, were quick to admit that the party has its work cut out for itself it wants to do so.
“Democrats must recruit strong candidates and run effective campaigns in individual districts if they are to capitalize on the vulnerability revealed by these surveys,” PPP pollster Jim Williams said in a release published with the poll.
“And they must maintain a significant national advantage over Republicans,” he added.
The snap polls were conducted among registered voters from Oct. 15 to Oct 18, as the federal government neared its first ever default on its debts.
A default was ultimately averted late Wednesday night, after lawmakers reached a last-minute deal to end the crisis and reopen the government.
Meanwhile, anger directed specifically at House Speaker John Boehner also grew, according to a separate poll.
More than 60% of respondents in a new CNN poll out Monday said Boehner should lose his leadership position. Only 30% said they supported him, the poll showed.
The same poll also showed that 54% of Americans polled thought it was a bad thing that the Republicans controlled the House.
The surveys come amid a slew of other polls that have shown that Republicans are bearing the brunt of the blame for the shutdown, which furloughed more than 800,000 government employees and sucked $24 billion out of the U.S. economy, according to economic analysts.