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The American electorate is extremely agitated and that doesn’t bode well for the party in power, according to a new survey.
Normally, midterm elections do not draw as many voters to the polls because there is no presidential contest to decide, but this year is shaping up to be different. Much different — more so, even, than the 2018 midterms, which drew a record amount of voters to cast ballots.
“We know that many voters will be casting ballots with anger on their minds. We just don’t know who which side will be angrier,” Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates told NBC News.
A new survey he conducted with Republican Bill McInturff and his team at Public Opinion Strategies found that 70 percent of registered voters have a very high interest in the midterms — registering them at a “9” or “10” on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the highest interest.
The pollsters say that is the highest level of interest in a midterm election that they have seen.
“It’s an eye-popper,” said McInturff.
The Daily Wire adds:
What’s more, Republicans are more jazzed than Democrats for the midterms. Among GOP voters, 78% of Republicans have high interest, compared with 69% of Democrats. That 9-point edge for Republicans is triple what it was in the pollsters’ survey in September.
The legacy media is doing all it can to pretend the 2022 midterms will be close. They won’t be. Polls show the Republican lead rising exponentially in a generic poll; 3% over Democrats in July, 6% in August, and 9% last month.
For his part, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) believes Republicans are in for massive gains around the country and in Congress.
“I would say we’ll be between plus three and plus seven … in the Senate; and we’ll be between plus 20 and plus 50 in the House, with the most likely number being plus 44,” Gingrich told The Epoch Times.
“Almost everywhere in the country, races are showing the Republicans tightening up,” Gingrich said, adding that Democrats have only themselves to blame for their loss of support, adding that inflation, crime, border security, and “woke policies” are all “coming together” against them.
“When you have sort of insane left-wing Democrats who believe that you don’t need prisons and that things can be dealt with by just being nice to murderers, I think the average person just thinks this is crazy,” he said, citing crime concerns in New York as one example.
He also said he believes Republicans are winning the abortion argument. “Republicans are actually winning the argument because it’s a question of who’s the more extreme,” he told the outlet.
He added that abortion is “not helping Democrats as much as they think.”
“People actually think the Democrats are more extreme in their eagerness to kill babies than Republicans are in their desire to save babies,” he said. “Their activists are so intense, and so rabid, and their activists have been giving money, it feels like it’s a good issue for them. But when you go out to the country beyond the hard left of the Democratic Party, it’s in fact, not working for them at all.”
In another good sign for the GOP, a survey last week found that independent women are shifting more to the right.
According to the survey by The New York Times and Siena College, independent women went from supporting Democrats by 14 points in September to supporting Republicans by 18 months in October, an astounding 32-point shift in a single month:
The poll shows that 49 percent of likely voters said they planned to vote for a Republican to represent them in Congress on Nov. 8, compared with 45 percent who planned to vote for a Democrat. The result represents an improvement for Republicans since September when Democrats held a one-point edge among likely voters in the last Times/Siena poll.
The biggest shift came from women who identified as independent voters. In September, they favored the Democrats by 14 points. Now, independent women backed Republicans by 18 points.