Voter Tensions SKYROCKET As Midterms Loom Closer
(TargetLiberty.org) – November’s midterm elections will be some of the most important in the nation’s history, deciding whether President Biden will be able to push ahead with his radical agenda or be blocked by a Republican-leaning Congress. Unfortunately, it also looks like they’ll be the most ill-tempered elections in our history. Polling data shows that both sides are already angry, and there are still over two months of campaigning to go.
Tempers Are Getting Short
A new poll by Morning Consult shows a startling level of anger in the run-up to the midterms — and it’s coming from both sides, more or less equally. People aren’t feeling good about what’s coming, with 42% of Democrats saying they feel “very” or “somewhat” angry and 41% of Republicans felt the same way.
Of course, anger motivates people to vote. In the 2018 midterms, Democrats were significantly angrier than they are now — 49% — while just 28% of Republicans were feeling irate. That gave the Dems a powerful advantage four years ago, but now it’s slipped away, and GOP voters are likely to be just as motivated as the Left.
There are multiple causes for the rage that’s sweeping the US electorate. Among Democrats, the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has been inflammatory. The Left is furious at what it sees as an attack on women’s rights, and that will probably push a good number of Liberals to hand in a ballot. The abortion decision won’t motivate Republicans in the same way, but that probably doesn’t matter — they have plenty of other things to be angry about. The Biden administration has lurched from disaster to disaster, with low points including the illegal immigration crisis, the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, and now, sky-high inflation.
Democrat anger in 2018 was mostly focused on President Trump and for now, he’s out of the picture. The GOP’s fury is aimed at President Biden, and he’s right there in the White House doing things that fuel conservative rage.
A Bleak Picture
Perhaps because of the dire economic picture, neither side is feeling good about the outcome of November’s elections. Confidence has fallen in both parties, particularly the GOP, while apathy is slightly up — 22% for both Democrats and Republicans in 2018, 28%, and 27% now. In fact, Democrats are more motivated than the president’s lackluster performance justifies. The question is if that’s down to the Roe v. Wade effect, will it hold up until November, or will a resurgent Republican Party, powered by anger, seize control of Congress?
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