Well here’s some good news, for once.
A new poll just out from Public Policy Polling says that Democrats are monumentally more “excited” to vote in the 2018 midterm elections than Republicans are.
PPP reports: “63% of Democrats say they’re ‘very excited’ about voting in the 2018 election, compared to only 52% of Republicans who express that sentiment.”
With most Democratic losses hinging upon low voter turnout, this is great news for those concerned about keeping the Trump Administration in check. If Democrats can take the House in 2018, then a new, effective way to take care of Trump’s raving lunatic self is suddenly created. The same applies to if Democrats are able to take the Senate come 2018.
PPP points to a number of issues as underlying the fact that Republicans aren’t as interested in voting come 2018 as Democrats are.
Firstly, in perhaps the most obvious reason for the general political depression among Republicans, Donald Trump is just doing a really, really bad job at being President. He’s not exactly inspiring his base to stick with his so-called vision.
Trump has even lost some of the most radical parts of his base, with a number of prominent far-right nationalists openly declaring themselves “off the Trump train” following the administration’s ultimately ill-fated decision to bomb a Syrian government airfield. That strike was billed as “retaliation” for a recent chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians. However, the strike ended up being nothing other than a “show of force.”
The Huffington Post’s average of polls measuring Trump’s approval rating has it at about 43 percent as of early Friday afternoon.
Other issues underlying Republicans’ general distaste with the idea of voting in Congressional midterm elections come 2018 include the monumentally low approval ratings of both the Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Ryan, according to PPP, has an approval rating of only 30 percent, while McConnell’s approval rating is even lower, at 24 percent.
And why are there such low approval ratings across the board? PPP measured a number of other metrics besides these in an effort to answer that question.
According to the pollster, a whopping “39% of voters think [Trump] will get the United States into World War III during his Presidency, to just 40% of voters who don’t think he’s going to have that effect.”
What a morbid statistic. It most certainly underlines voters’ general distaste with the current state of Republican politics.
Other telling statistics from the latest round of PPP polling include the fact that the approval rating of United Airlines is literally higher than that of Donald Trump.
The Republicans only hold advantages among voters who are “somewhat excited” and “not that excited.” In the general, generic Congressional ballot, PPP’s latest round of polling has Democrats ahead by 6 percent.
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