POLL: Dems Are Now Favored Over Republicans — But Lag In One Key Area

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Voters say they are more likely to vote for Democrats over Republicans in this year’s midterm elections, but they still favor the GOP to handle America’s economy, according to a new poll conducted by The Wall Street Journal.

Out of 1,313 registered voters surveyed nationwide by the WSJ, 47% of voters said they would support the Democratic candidate in their congressional district compared to 44% who said they would back Republicans, a flip from March where voters favored Republicans 46% to 41%. However, 44% of voters say they trust Republicans to have a “better plan” to fix the economy, while just 40% of voters say the same for Democrats.

Voters also said Republicans can control inflation better than Democrats by a margin of 44% to 32%, while 5% more voters think Republicans can better reduce the deficit. Moreover, 64% of registered voters surveyed gave a negative rating on the economy, a 4% increase since March, while only 35% gave a positive rating on the economy.

Roughly one-third of voters told the WSJ that rising prices are creating major financial strains on their budgets, another 2% increase since March.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 12: Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) (L) and fellow members of the House Progressive Caucus hold a news conference ahead of the vote on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 outside the U.S. Capitol on August 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, political independents, women, younger voters, black and Hispanic voters are driving the Democratic party’s lead in the WSJ’s findings. Independent voters now favor a Democratic candidate for Congress over a Republican, 38% to 35%, whereas Republicans held a 12 point lead among the group in March. (Republicans Favor Trump After FBI Raid: POLL)

“Republicans were cruising, and Democrats were having a hard time,” Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio, who conducted the survey along with Democrat John Anzalone told the WSJ. He called the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade a “defibrillator” to Democrats.

The survey’s margin of error was plus or minus 2.7%.

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