Midterm elections aren’t usually this heated, but in 2022, nothing is normal when it comes to American politics.
The status quo of the US political system was shredded by Donald Trump, whose 4 years in the White House were an all-out assault on the status quo that had been failing Americans for so, so long. Now, caught up in this whirlwind of sea change are the midterm elections, and all of the 2024 posturing that comes along with them.
A new poll has demonstrated just how drastically different this election is from other “off year” contests.
Less than three weeks before Election Day, voter interest has reached an all-time high for a midterm election, with a majority of registered voters saying this election is “more important” to them than past midterms.
And voters are fired up…
What’s more, 80% of Democrats and Republicans believe the political opposition poses a threat that, if not stopped, will destroy America as we know it.
And two-thirds of reliable Democratic and Republican voters say they’d still support their party’s political candidate, even if that person had a moral failing that wasn’t consistent with their own values.
That’s not all:
The poll also found 70% of all registered voters expressing high interest in the election — either a “9” or a “10” on a 10-point scale — the highest percentage ever in the survey for a midterm election at this point.
“It’s an eye-popper” when you have a higher number now than in 2018, which set a turnout record for a midterm election, said McInturff, the GOP pollster.
By party, however, 78% of Republicans have high interest in the midterms, compared with 69% of Democrats.
The 9-point GOP enthusiasm edge is up from September (when it was plus-3) and August (when it was plus-2).
Voters will head to the polls on November 8th.