Poll: GOP Voters More Confident, Hopeful than Democrats About 2018 Midterms

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A Morning Consult poll released on Monday revealed that Republican voters are more confident and hopeful than Democrats regarding the 2018 midterm elections.

Sixty-one percent of Republican voters feel confident about the 2018 midterms elections, compared to 43 percent of Democrats who feel uncertain about the 2018 midterms. The establishment media and Democrats have projected that a “blue wave” will take over the House in November, however, even former President Bill Clinton cautioned that is is now “impossible to tell” if Democrats will sweep the midterm elections.

Fifty-six percent of GOP voters also feel proud and happy regarding the 2018 midterm elections, while 61 percent of Democrats remain worried and 58 percent of Democratic voters are frustrated. Forty percent of Democrats feel hopeless when asked about the midterm elections, compared to one-quarter of Republicans who feel hopeless. Thirty-six percent of Democrats also feel depressed regarding the 2018 midterms, while 16 percent of Republican voters feel depressed.

Another poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal/NBC showed that President Donald Trump’s approval rating rose to the highest level of his presidency. President Trump’s approval rating rose to 45 percent, which is up one percent from June. Eighty-eight percent of Republican voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Only former President George W. Bush, in the aftermath of the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, had the same level of support within his own party at the same point in his presidency.

Some political analysts have suggested that the Democrats’ negativity might lead to higher turnout for the 2018 midterm elections.

Masha Krupenkin, a political scientist and Ph.D. student at Stanford University, said, “People tend to feel very differently about government and politics when their party is out of power, and so that might really influence some turnout in the midterms.”

“Humans tend to have this negativity bias that’s very well-documented in psychology that negative information drives our actions and motivations much more than positive information,” Krupenkin added.

In contrast, President Donald Trump tweeted in late June that a “Red Wave,” not a blue wave is coming in November.

Trump said, “We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”

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