Gallup Daily tracking for the week ending April 11 puts Republicans slightly ahead of Democrats, 48% to 44%, in the congressional voting preferences of registered voters nationally. This marks the third week since the U.S. House passed healthcare reform on March 21 that the Republicans have tied or led the Democrats. . . .
The trend based on registered voters shows how rare it is for the Republicans to lead on this “generic ballot” measure among all registered voters, as they do today.
(H/t: Jim Geraghty.)
UPDATE: The ever insightful Michael Barone looks at these numbers and offers:
The Gallup commentary makes clear how extraordinary that is; since Gallup first starting asking the question in 1950, Republicans have led only in the 1994 and 2002 cycles, years in which they won the popular vote for the House by 52%-46% and 51%-46%. Democrats hoped that House passage of Obamacare on March 21 would energize their voters. It seems to have done so, but only temporarily.
He notes that Republicans have the same edge in voter intensity as they did before passage of this behemoth of a bill.