For the first time in nearly a decade, Republicans now lead on the generic congressional ballot test.
According to a new NPR/Marist poll, Republicans stand a good chance of regaining both houses of Congress in the 2022 congressional elections for the first time since 2014 on the generic congressional ballot.
“With the 2022 Congressional Midterm Elections just over six months away, U.S. registered voters give Republicans (47%) the edge over Democratic candidates (44%) nationally,” says a press release from Marist.
According to a poll commissioned by the Libertarian Party, a distinctive majority of Americans believe that the GOP is best suited to handle current problems.
“On the economy, inflation, crime, national security, and gun legislation, pluralities of Americans think the Republican Party would be better able to deal with these issues. President Joe Biden’s job approval rating plummets as his ratings on the economy and the Ukraine crisis deteriorate.”
According to Marist, registered independents heavily back Republicans for the primary election.
“Independents favor the Republican candidate over the Democratic candidate by a 45 percent to 38 percent margin when asked about the generic congressional ballot, according to Marist. 10% of respondents are undecided,” he continued.
According to data gathered throughout the polling process, significant minorities of Americans believe that Republicans are better able to address issues affecting the average person’s quality of life such as national security (43%), the economy (42%), price control (41%), gun policy (41%), and crime (39%).
The data revealed that the Democratic Party is seen to have a stronger grip on social issues such as LGBTQ rights (48%), climate change (45%), and abortion (41%).
However, there appears to be little agreement on which of the major parties would do a better job in handling immigration. Republicans were chosen by 37% of respondents as having the best approach to handle it, while 34% chose the Democrats.
According to the poll, 57 percent of voters who are registered to vote dislike what President Joe Biden is doing with the economy. When asked which political party they think would do a better job running the country, respondents supported the Republican Party (42 percent) over the Democratic Party (26%).
In the 2022 midterm elections, the GOP presently has an 85 percent chance of regaining control of the House of Representatives and a 73 percent probability of reclaiming the United States Senate.