As inflation continues to negatively affect Americans’ view of the economy and the presidency, some polls indicate that the initially perceived Republican stronghold midterm in November is not as strong as it once was. only a few months old.
An originally bleak midterm election prospect for Democrats could be salvaged due to recently passed gun legislation, in addition to increased momentum in response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade. Democrats have begun to close the gap with Republicans in the polls, and some polls even prefer Democrats to keep control of the Senate.
Real Clear Politics’ Generic Congressional Outlook favors Republicans by only a tenth of a point. The CBS News and Emerson polls conducted in July also favored the GOP in November by 2 points and 1 point, respectively, while the Economist/YouGov, Monmouth University and Politico/Morning Consult polls conducted between July 28 and August 2 tilted the Democrat by 5, 3 and 2 points, respectively.
In late July, FiveThirtyEight projections showed Democrats for the first time ahead of Republicans in terms of winning the Senate. New projections simulating the election 40,000 times showed the Democrats were “slightly favored” in the Senate while the GOP was favored to take over the House.
“The national environment is pretty poor for Democrats,” wrote FiveThirtyEight editor Nate Silver, acknowledging that the party that controls the presidency has lost House seats in all of the past 21 midterm elections. mandate, except two.
He argued that Supreme Court rulings on abortion and guns may have provided a kind of lifeline to the Democratic Party. The recent Kansas ballot initiative to preserve statewide abortion rights may be just a precursor.
“By knocking down roe deer and other popular laws like restrictions against the concealed carry of firearms, the Supreme Court has in some ways undermined one of the traditional reasons why the president‘s party tends to lose seats mid- course,” Silver said. Balance: They don’t want one party to have absolute control of all the levers of government.”
Democrats were more reliable on gun violence, abortion rights and climate change. However, Republicans were more reliable on the majority of key issues, including the economy.
A new ABC News/Ipsos survey found that projected voters have more confidence in the GOP to handle seven of 11 key issues, including the economy, crime, inflation, immigration, the Russian-Ukrainian war, the gas prices and taxes.
Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray wrote in early July that for the first time in five years, more than 4 in 10 survey respondents said they were “struggling to stay where they found themselves financially” and less than one in 10 Americans identified their situation as improving.
The gubernatorial races nationwide are a mixed bag, according to FiveThirtyEight. Democratic incumbents from swing or “purple” states, like Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan and Tony Evers in Wisconsin, remain favorites to win. However, so are Republicans Brian Kemp in Georgia and Greg Abbott in Texas.
Democrat Josh Shapiro is favored to defeat Republican Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania.
Politico, which predicted in May that the Senate would be mostly Republican, identified key gubernatorial and Senate races in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia as real battlegrounds in November.
In Arizona, Donald Trump-backed Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake – who has repeatedly called President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory fraudulent and said she would have decertified the US election results State – takes on Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
The Cook Political Report and FiveThirtyEight said Lake, who in the primary defeated Mike Pence-backed Karrin Taylor Robson, surely has a chance of winning. However, Hobbs remains “slightly favored,” according to FiveThirtyEight.
If Republicans took control of Congress, they would likely be able to thwart any potential legislation related to Biden’s agenda and hobble Democrats in 2024. Maintaining control of the Senate would allow Democrats to further pursue additional promises made by Biden during his presidential campaign.