If the next midterm elections were held today, 51 percent of voters said they would vote for Republican congressional candidates, a new poll released on Sunday found.
According to the latest ABC News /Washington Post a survey that asked respondents who they would support in a race for the U.S. House of Representatives, 41 percent of voters said they would support the Democratic candidate in their district.
The survey shows the greatest medium-term advantage for the GOP out of the “110 ABC /Post polls to ask that question since November 1981. “
“Indeed, it is only the second time that the GOP has a statistically significant advantage (the other was +7 points in January 2002) and the ninth time it has any numerical margin overall,” the survey stated.
The latest numbers come as President Joe Biden has seen low approval ratings in recent months. The recently published poll puts Biden’s overall approval rating at 41 percent, with 53 percent of respondents saying they disapprove of his work performance.
With inflation soaring, only 39 percent of voters said they approve of the president’s manipulation of the economy.
The poll was conducted by telephone between November 7 and November 10 and surveyed 1,001 adults, including more than 800 registered voters. The results have a margin of error of 3.5 percent.
Pollsters wrote that “the Democratic Party’s difficulties are deep” and include “floating economic discontent, a president who has fallen 12 percent points under water in labor approval and a broad sense that the party is out of touch with the concerns of most Americans; 62 percent.” say so. “
A majority of respondents (58 percent) also think the GOP is “out of touch”.
While the poll shows Republicans have an advantage in entering the midterms of 2022, it also notes that there is “some consolation for Democrats in other outcomes.”
It stresses that Biden’s “key policy initiatives” are far more popular than he is, with 63 percent of respondents saying they support the infrastructure bill that passed Congress earlier this month. And 58 percent said they support the nearly $ 2 trillion Build Better Act, a broad social spending bill that lawmakers are still debating.
“However, with the infrastructure bill secured, Biden receives little credit in this election,” the survey added.
“Only 31 percent say he fulfills most of his major campaign promises and 35 percent think he has fulfilled a lot overall.”
Recent polls have found former President Donald Trump with an edge over Biden in hypothetical 2024 contest matches. An Iowa poll on Saturday showed Trump with a two-digit lead over Biden. Meanwhile, a national poll published last week found the former president two points ahead of Biden.
Trump did not formally announce that he would run again for the Oval Office in 2024, but strongly suggested it.