A majority of likely voters want the Democratic Party to take control of Congress, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll published Thursday.

About 52 percent of voters would prefer Democratic lawmakers to hold the balance of power in the House of Representatives, while 53 percent would like to see Democrats return to the majority in the Senate, according to the survey.

In comparison, 35 percent of voters are in favor of the status quo of Republican control in the House of Representatives. About 36 percent had the same response regarding the Senate.

This latest poll reflects a steady level of support for Democrats compared to a similar survey released by Quinnipiac on Dec. 19. Meanwhile, Republicans are suffering from a slight erosion of support compared to last month.

The Jan. 11 poll found that 72 percent of voters disapprove of the way Republicans are handling their job in Congress. About 59 percent of voters disapprove of the job performance of congressional Democrats.

Quinnipiac researchers surveyed 1,106 voters nationwide from Jan. 5 to 9 using landlines and cell phones. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.