Voters dissatisfied with country’s direction Head to Polls
Gallup poll found 81% of Americans unhappy with where nation is heading.
Americans weary of inflation and crime and unmistakably unhappy with the direction of their country went to the polls Tuesday to decide control of Congress and several marquee governor’s mansions in an election certain to have a profound impact on President Joe Biden and his liberal Democrat agenda.
The 46th president clearly understood the stakes in his final campaign rally of the midterms in Maryland on Monday. “It’s going to shape what the next couple decades look like,” Biden said of Tuesday’s election.
With polls showing 81% of Americans dissatisfied with the direction of the country, Republicans from former President Donald Trump on down implored voters to change course and create a divided government in Washington by firing Democrats currently in control of the White House, Senate, House and several large statehouses.
“Tomorrow, you must vote Republican in a giant red wave that we’ve all been hearing about,” Trump told a rally Monday night in Ohio, where GOP newcomer J.D. Vance was leading in a key Senate race matchup against Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan,
The marquee battle was for control of the two chambers of Congress, where Republicans have been surging throughout the fall by promising to block the Biden agenda and take action to lower inflation, food prices and gas prices while combatting crime and efforts to supplant parents from having a say over their children’s education.
Biden and his Democratic allies tried to cast the election as a battle over the future of Democracy and abortion access after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade this summer. But polling suggested voters those issues were taking a back seat to the economy and personal security.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday found that economic issues – including inflation, recessionary fears and an unstable stock market – are by far the most concerning for voters.
The poll found that 80% of voters named the economy as a top issue with 77% specifically pointing to inflation, which is at the highest level in four decades. The poll found voters trust Republicans more on the economy as well as crime, another leading issue right now.
The poll found Democrats are more trusted on abortion, an issue that surged in importance following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision but which did not appear to be atop most voters’ radar. Noted pollster Robert Cahaly told Just the News that voters appeared to be in a firing mood.
“These voters are concerned with the economy. They’re worried about their kids and grandkids overdosing on fentanyl. They are concerned about the price of gas, the state of the supply chain. They’re concerned about their daily lives and how difficult things have gotten. … And many suburban and urban voters are very worried about crime. I mean, very worried,” Cahaly said.
Republicans sought to ride the wave of discontent to victory in Congress to create a counterbalance to the Biden agenda of big spending and liberal social values.
“Everything is trending toward a Republican takeover of both chambers of Congress,” Republican strategist Colin Reed told the Center Square. “If the GOP does regain control, voters will expect them to deliver where the current leaders haven’t: tackling inflation, reducing the costs of energy and restoring a sense of confidence that is sorely missing right now.”
Cahaly cautioned that voters are not yet sold on the GOP agenda, but rather certain they want to change direction.
“It’s like a bunch of people who’ve been at the casino all night, and they’ve been betting red, it didn’t work. And they said, I want to try bet and black for a while,” he explained.
Congress isn’t the only prize on the ticket as several big-state governorships currently in Democrat hands, like New York, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Nevada, were up for grabs, made unexpectedly close by upstart Republicans like Joe Lombardo, Tim Michels and Tudor Dixon.
The role of social media also become more pronounced in recent days, as new Twitter owner Elon Musk himself dove into the midterm waters Monday, calling outright for Americans to vote Republican.
“To independent-minded voters: Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic,” Musk wrote. “Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!”
The latest survey data shows a close but right-leaning electoral map.
On Monday, FiveThirtyEight’s aggregation of generic polls found American voters prefer that Republicans control Congress by 1.1%. The group also put Biden’s disapproval rating at 53.2% with 42.1% approving.
Real Clear Politics’ polling projects Republicans will pick up three Senate seats, three governorships and about 31 House seats. RCP has Republicans up 2.5% on the generic ballot. A Yahoo News-YouGov poll released Thursday has Democrats up by 2%.
For Democrats and Republicans alike, the race for Congress could put the brakes on the Biden big spending, climate focused agenda that helped drive the national debt to $31 trillion.
On top of that, Republican lawmakers have laid out dozens of investigations since Biden took office on a range of topics, from federal funding of the controversial Wuhan lab some say was the origin of the COVID-19 virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s role in the pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security’s increasingly aggressive censorship efforts with big tech, Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings. If Republicans win a majority, their investigations will have teeth.
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