Democrats are losing ground to the GOP according to new Associated Press/GFK poll. The poll which was held between March 20-24, surveyed thousands of Adults across the United States and found that the Republicans had a slight edge over their colleagues across the aisle with a 37 percent to 36 percent lead over the Democrats. This is a stark change from a poll conducted in January which had the Democrats beating Republicans by a seven point margin with 39 percent of the potential vote.
The recent poll results have Democrats worried that they will lose their majority in the Senate come November due to several close races. The biggest demographic that the Democrats have trouble with are those who are really interested in politics. The GOP has a firm grip on that group as of March with a 14 point lead at 51 percent versus the Democrats 37 percent.
Another issue that the Democrats face coming into the midterms is there seeming inability to drive voters to the ballot box. Although the Democrats have done a remarkable job in the past two presidential elections, they seem to falter in the midterms.
President Obama recently said at a Congressional fundraiser in Miami recently that people have lost faith and become disinterested in politics because of its toxic nature, and they decide to not vote in the midterms. The President went on to say that, “In midterms we get clobbered, either because we don’t think it’s important or we’ve become so discouraged about what’s happening in Washington that we think it’s not worth our while.”
The concern was also shared by Obama’s top strategist, David Axelrod who tweeted the survey and commented that there will be a stronger GOP presence in an election that typically has a low turnout and that it could be a major problem for Senate Democrats.
However, current members of Obama’s administration seem to think more positively. Senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer stated on CBS’s Face the Nation that the Democrats would not lose the Senate come November despite polls showing them losing ground with voters.
A large part of the problem is that Congress’ approval rating is dismal, with just 16 percent of the population approving and 82 percent disapproving, and of those surveyed, 90 percent those who were interested in politics disapproved of congress, which according to the new poll showing Democrats losing ground to Republicans, could spell disaster for the left.
However, the Democrats do hold stronger numbers than their Republican counterparts on social issues such as same-sex marriage (31 percent favor Democrats, while only 17 percent favor Republicans), and abortion (30 percent vs. 22 percent, Democrats over Republicans). However, most voters seem to believe that the Republicans to a better job when it comes to matters of national security, with a 34 percent compared to the Democrats 16 percent.
The poll also conducted an evaluation of potential candidates for the presidential election in 2016. While no one Republican was the clear favorite with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) barely claiming the No.1 spot from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Secretary of State, US Senator from New York and First Lady, Hillary Clinton garnered the most favorability of any of the 19 potential candidates with a 46 percent favorability rating.
According to the new poll the Democrats are losing ground. The survey conducted measured responses from 1,012 adults and has a 3.4 percent margin of error.
By Nathaniel Pownell
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