Outlook For Democrats “Getting Worse, Not Better” Ahead Of Midterms, New Polls Indicate

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As midterm elections near, recent polls are indicating Democrats are facing dramatic losses, following a rocky start to the President’s first year-and-a-half in office.

According to a recent CBS poll, almost 2/3 of American view the economy as “bad.”

The poll stated: “Higher prices are leading people to say they’re making cutbacks, especially on more discretionary items like entertainment and travel. (That may, of course, have a wider impact on the economy later.) About half are cutting back on food and groceries, and this is especially the case among those with lower incomes. … Biden gets his lowest approval ratings on the economy and inflation. And on gas prices specifically, most think he could be doing more to lower them. Nearly all Republicans share this view. They believe his policies are doing “a lot” to contribute to higher gas prices.”

According to Politico, sentiment towards the Democratic part among college-educated men had shifted 26 points toward favoring Republicans. They speculated shifts were due to COVID restrictions, inflation, and international uncertainty saying, “angry voters slammed by higher prices and scarred by two years of fighting the pandemic are poised to punish Democrats in midterm elections.” The report also said, “with inflation persisting and Russia’s war on Ukraine stoking uncertainty, there are indications that public sentiment is getting worse, not better.”

The report went on to say, “The widely watched University of Michigan consumer confidence survey recently touched its lowest level in almost 11 years. An Associated Press/NORC survey showed that almost 70 percent of Americans think the economy is in poor shape, and 81 percent of those in a poll released by CNBC see a recession coming this year. Gallup found the share of Americans citing inflation as the top issue is now at its highest level since the 1980s.”