The data showed that a significant chunk of the white working class would vote for Democratic candidates if they heard the right economic-focused message. In the poll, the generic ballot flipped — to 45 percent Democrat and 35 percent Republican — after voters heard positive things about Democrats and negative things about Republicans.

The party’s House candidates, these operatives said, must tailor their agenda to show they are dedicated to working with private enterprise to produce good jobs while making sure they don’t insist the only way to obtain economic success is with a college degree.

“What this research shows is there’s a fluidity to this electorate … they are open to solutions and we have an opportunity, we just need to have a better economic appeal,” said Charlie Kelly, House Majority PAC’s executive director.