Republicans have widened their lead in the bid to recapture Congress, according to one survey of the generic ballot of the upcoming fall elections.
Rasmussen Reports, a right-leaning polling service, reported that its latest weekly poll of the election revealed the GOP with a 48-39 lead over Democrats.
That was up one percentage point from the previous week, the pollster noted. Republicans have led in the Rasmussen survey throughout all of 2022.
The GOP’s 5-point spread in the poll is more than double the lead Democrats had in 2018, when they went on to take control of the House from the Republicans.
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Rasmussen identified two reasons why the GOP holds its current advantage – although the poll was taken before the airing of the meeting of the special House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.
For one thing, Republicans are more fired up than Democrats.
Were the election held today, 86 percent of Republicans say they would vote for their party’s candidate. In comparison, 78 percent of Democrats say the same about their side.
But the Democrats are getting walloped by independent voters.
“Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 44% would vote Republican and 27% would vote Democrat, while 10% would vote for some other candidate and 19% are undecided,” Rasmussen said.
The GOP is also solidly favored by older voters, as 53 percent of those between 40 and 64 stand behind the Republicans, as do 58 percent of those 65 and older.
Some other important notes about the poll:
26 percent of black voters support the Republicans, as do 39 percent of other minorities. For all of their wokeness and hysteria about “white supremacy,” the Democrats are only three points ahead among non-black minorities.
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Among other demographic groups, the GOP leads by 18 points among those making $30,000 to $50,000 a year, and the party holds a 24-point lead over Democrats among retirees 65 or over.
Another thing fueling the GOP advantage is the public general sense that things are going wrong.
Rasmussen reported that a separate poll found that only 23 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the “right” track – the lowest level since January 2021.