Try as they might, the Democrats truly have no power over the narrative heading into the 2022 midterm elections.
For weeks now, the left side of the aisle has attempted to make these all-important off-year elections about abortion, specifically marketing “Roevember” as a tagline of sorts. We’ve seen countless politicians retool their campaigns around the issue, hoping to ride the liberal rage machine into office.
But, thanks to Joe Biden’s inability to strengthen our nation’s economy, it looks as though voters are beginning to see their fiscal fitness as the most important issue today…and this could be bad news for the Democrats come November.
For two months the Democrats chipped away at the Republicans’ lead in the battle for House control, helped by motivated abortion-rights voters and what turned out to be fleeting glimmers of optimism about the economy. But that momentum has stalled, at least for now, and the Republicans’ House lead has stabilized today at 224 seats to the Democrats’ 211. The Republicans’ lead had shrunk in the two previous model runs of September and August.
What’s behind this? Today’s views of the economy have gotten worse amid continuing inflation, a volatile stock market and — in a stark reversal from August — people are reporting gas prices are rising in their neighborhoods. And voters are feeling this personally: more now say their own financial situation is bad, and there’s more concern about saving and paying for things, compared to last month.
And when it comes to the economy, Americans are not confident in the Democrats’ ability.
More voters feel the Democrats’ policies have been harmful rather than helpful to the economy, including independents. And two-thirds of registered voters overall think the Biden administration could be doing more to combat inflation.
The news has some political experts wondering if the “red wave” is still coming for the House and the Senate, after having written off the possibility of a massive Republican sweep some weeks ago.