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Democrats should be very worried that they will lose control of the House in the 2022 midterm elections.
According to a new poll from Democracy Corps, enthusiasm among Republicans to vote in the midterm elections outpaces Democrats by double digits.
The survey found that 68% of Republicans remain engaged ahead of 2022. Meanwhile, Democrats have seen their engagement slip to 57%, an 11-point cushion for the GOP.
The survey also found that Republican voters remain firmly in the camp of Trump, with only 16% of Republicans identifying as “non-Trump conservatives.”
In the battleground states, which most likely decide the balance of power, only 9% of Republican voters identify themselves as part of the same group.
The survey comes as the GOP is poised to take back the House next November and could even regain control of the Senate.
The Republican Main Street Partnership survey found that swing districts across the U.S. support “Trump policies” without the noise, meaning they may not necessarily support what Trump said, but they do like what the 45th president did and enacted as opposed to what Joe Biden is doing.
The Republican Main Street Partnership surveyed 600 registered voters across six battleground House districts in the South, Midwest, and Northeast.
The data revealed remarkably strong support for “conservative populist policy” reminiscent of the Trump administration’s legislative agenda.
“Competitive swing districts across the country are the key to Republicans winning back the majority in 2022,” said Sarah Chamberlain, president of the Republican Main Street Partnership. “Voters want good, commonsense, conservative policies, without the noise and rhetoric.”
The group announced earlier this year that it plans to invest $25 million in swing House districts to help the GOP recapture Congress and halt the advance of conservative provocateurs loyal to Trump.
In its latest survey, 26% of respondents expressed a favorable opinion of President Joe Biden, who is proposing a series of liberal programs and trillions in government spending.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California fared worse, registering a 14% favorability rating. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York clocked in at 17%.
House Republicans are just a handful of seats shy of the majority, with their bid to reclaim power in the 2022 midterm elections bolstered by decennial reapportionment and history.
Redistricting will alter district boundaries and gives Republicans a slight edge.
Messages that registered highest revolved around cracking down on China for “unfair trade practices, illegal cyberattacks and lying about COVID-19 and demanding justice for imprisoned religious minorities and pro-democracy activists.”
Seventy-four percent of voters said they were more likely to support a Republican for Congress who ran on that message.
Strengthening border security and stopping the surge of unaccompanied minors and opposing Biden’s “gun control actions” both polled between 65% and 70%.
When asked if they preferred “someone who would uphold the institutions of government” or “an insurgent who will shake up the status quo,” 57% picked the former, while 31% went with the latter. Similarly, 56% said they wanted a candidate who “works across the aisle to get legislation passed” versus 35% who want a candidate who “holds firm to their belief regardless of circumstances.”
Thirty-seven percent cited as their top priority “D.C. corruption/dysfunction,” followed by 18% who said immigration, 10% who said healthcare, and 10% who said jobs and the economy. Interestingly, just 8% said “election reform” was a top priority.
“Efforts to overhaul election regulations in the states have been a major priority of Republican leaders and the GOP base in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, with many in the party agreeing with Trump’s claim that the election was stolen. In the survey, 32% of respondents described themselves as “very conservative,” with 27% saying they were “somewhat conservative” and 26% saying they were ‘moderate,'” the Examiner added.