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A new poll suggests that with just over a year until the 2022 midterms looming, a majority of Americans want to see Republicans gain control of both Congresses next year.
Quinnipiac University released a national survey on Thursday that showed President Biden falling to his lowest level since January when he assumed control of the White House. The poll also shows that more than two thirds of Americans are changing how they spend their money due to rising prices.
Next year’s midterms will see Democrats defending their slim House of Representatives majority and Senate majorities. The entire 435-member House as well as one-third of the 100-member Senate are up in grabs.
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The poll found that 46% to 38% of those surveyed said they would like to see the Republican Party take control of the House if there were midterm elections today. 16% did not offer an opinion. Respondents also wanted to see the GOP win control of the Senate by a 46%-40% margin. 15% did not respond.
“An ominous double-whammy for Democrats with midterms less that a year away. The Senate and House will be up in the air and voters want to see the GOP win the jump ball,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy stated.
The poll was released Nov. 11-15, less than a week following a national ABC News/Washington Post poll that indicated that Republicans held a 10-point advantage over Democrats on the generic question.
The generic ballot question asks respondents if they would vote for a Republican or a Democrat candidate in their congressional district. This was the largest lead for Republicans in the 40 years that ABC News and The Washington Post had been asking the generic question.
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Eight years ago, Republicans controlled the House. But they lost the majority in 2018 when the Democrats won the election. After being swept by Democrats in January’s twin elections in Georgia, the GOP lost control of Senate.
Contributing to the deteriorating numbers for congressional Democrats is Biden’s flagging approval. The president’s approval rating stood at 36% and disapproval at 53% in the new Quinnipiac poll. Biden’s approval rating fell one point in Quinnipiac polling last month, which is his lowest mark in their surveys since he succeeded to former President Trump in office.
In the latest poll, the president received his lowest grade to date on four key issues. Biden received 45% approval and 50% disapproval for combating the coronavirus panademic, 41%-48% for climate change, 34%-59% for dealing with the economy, 34%-59% for handling foreign policy, and 33%-55% in the poll on four key issues.
In a separate poll conducted by Marquette University Law School, the president was at 49% approval and 51% disapproval. This poll was also released Thursday. Biden’s approval in the survey, conducted Nov. 1-Nov. 10, was down nine points from Marquette’s last poll, from July.
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According to Real Clear Politics’ latest public opinion survey, Biden is currently at 41% approval and 53% deapproval.
While the president’s standing among Americans continues to deteriorate, the Quinnipiac poll indicates his agenda remains popular.
Americans overwhelmingly supported the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that Biden signed into legislation Monday. It was approved by 57%-37%. This bill, which was supported by both the House of Congress and the Senate, represents the largest investment in America’s crumbling roads, bridges, and highways in decades.
A majority (58%-38%%) also supported the $2 trillion in social spending and climate change measures that congressional Democrats are trying pass along party lines.
The Quinnipiac poll is the latest survey to indicate majority support for both measures, which are key parts of the president’s domestic agenda that he spotlighted during the 2020 campaign.
But the new poll also indicates that 61% say the nation’s economy is getting worse, with seven in 10 saying increased prices for things such as food and gasoline have caused them to change their spending habits.
The poll also indicates that a slight majority (52%-46%) opposed the federal government’s mandate that businesses with 100 or more employees require their employees to get the COVID vaccine or take weekly tests if they’re not fully vaccinated. 57% of respondents said that employees who work on-site with others who aren’t fully vaccinated should wear masks.
Quinnipiac University Poll polled 1,376 adults across the country and found an overall sampling error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.
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