The Republican Party is "in position for a strong comeback in November's mid-term campaign," The Wall Street Journal writes this morning, citing as its evidence the latest results of polling it does with NBC News.
According to the Journal, "Republicans have solidified support among voters who had drifted from the party in recent elections" and have "reassembled their coalition by reconnecting with independents, seniors, blue-collar voters, suburban women and small town and rural voters -- all of whom had moved away from the party in the 2006 elections, in which Republicans lost control of the House."
The full results and methodology of the new Journal/NBC poll are here. Among the key findings:
"A big shift is evident among independents, who at this point in the 2006 campaign favored Democratic control of Congress rather than Republican control, 40% to 24%. In this poll, independents favored the GOP, 38% to 30%."
For what it's worth, Gallup's "generic ballot for Congress" poll captured the downward trajectory of Democrats' fortunes starting in March -- but in recent weeks has been showing a dead-even race for Congress.