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2022 Midterms: New Survey Finds Dems Underwater in 77 Battleground Counties

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A new survey by the National Republican Congressional Committed, if accurate, shows Democrats in big trouble months out from the 2022 midterm elections, which typically do not go well for the party in the White House.

The latest NRCC survey of 77 battleground congressional districts around the country found that Democrats are being held responsible by voters for a myriad of problems and issues including record inflation, sky-high oil and gas prices, and a spend-happy Congress and White House.

“The NRCC’s battleground survey covered the 77 battleground congressional districts that could determine control of Congress after redistricting. The committee surveyed these districts because they are currently held by the most ‘at-risk’ Democrats, whose districts President Joe Biden won by only five and a half points or less,” Breitbart News reported.

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The outlet added:

The poll found that Biden’s descending approval numbers help Republicans on the generic ballot as voters believe Democrats are “out of touch” and “condescending.” Biden’s approval in the battleground districts is 15 points underwater, as only 40 percent of the voters approve of the president, while 55 percent disapprove. Seventeen percent of those who disapprove, strongly disapprove of Biden’s performance.

Of the independents surveyed, only 30 percent approve of Biden’s job as president, with 62 percent disapproving — which has eroded by a net -34 points since February 2021. With Hispanic voters, Biden’s approval rating is at a net negative ten, a 31-point drop since February 2021.

Here are some additional findings from the survey:

— Republicans top Democrats on a generic ballot by 4 points; the NRCC noted again that Biden won these districts by 5 points in the 2020 election;

— Since February 2021, Republicans have improved by 7 points in the survey;

— Three-quarters of swing voters said they see Dems as being “out of touch” on the issues and “condescending” towards average Americans;

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— The top concerns among voters in these districts — and around the country, according to previous, separate surveys — are the rising cost of living, jobs, and the economy overall, in which Republicans get better marks than Democrats;

— A large plurality — 46 percent — of respondents indicated they are most concerned with economic issues, while 26 percent said that the cost of living and inflation should be priorities of the Biden White House and the Dem-controlled Congress, and 15 percent are most concerned about jobs and the economy;

— The GOP holds a 24-point lead over Dems on the generic ballot, with respondents most concerned about the rising cost of living, and a 20-point advantage with those who are most concerned about jobs and the economy;

— Fully 52 percent lay the blame on the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats over the party’s unwillingness to allow more domestic oil production, which they say is mostly what has caused gas prices to rise to new highs;

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— Just 31 percent of respondents blamed Russia for the spiking oil prices following its invasion of Ukraine;

— More than two-thirds, or 66 percent, say that spending by Democrats in Congress is out of control;

— Fifty-six percent said that high gas prices are hurting their families most, while 41 percent said that high food prices sting more.

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“Respondents also overwhelmingly support Republicans focused on addressing Democrat-created crises. Seventy-five percent of respondents said they are more likely to support a Republican candidate who will fight to lower the price of groceries and gas,” Breitbart reported.

“Also, 78 percent said the same for a Republican who will work to stop cartels from bringing drugs into the United States. Additionally, 80 percent said they are more likely to support a Republican candidate willing to advance energy innovation to help the country’s economic growth and lower energy prices,” the outlet added.

“Furthermore, 73 percent of the respondents favor increasing oil and gas production and exploration across the country — 54 percent of the respondents are ‘strongly’ in favor,” Breitbart continued. “Only 23 percent of the respondents said they opposed having an increase in oil and gas production and exploration across the country; 13 percent of these said they strongly opposed it.”

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