Donald Trump has created a chaotic mess. It has been a hellish two years under his administration, but one would expect that all of damage inflicted should make the midterms a breeze for Democrats. But that isn’t how things work in politics. Not everyone pays constant attention to the news cycle and those otherwise disinterested voters don’t fare well when overwhelmed with a litany of platforms. Terse, concise, platforms work better.
While Democrats, Independents, and just about everyone not in the 43 percent who approve of his job performance probably want to throw the kitchen sink at Republicans: Russia, Indictments, ICE, Gutting healthcare, etc — the Democrats need something simple as to avoid overwhelming voters.
A recently-released poll suggests there is a cohesive message that will work better: The Trump administration and the Republican Party in general are hopelessly corrupt and, as a result, are incapable of governing. In May, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said:
“The swamp has never been more foul, or more fetid, than under this president.”
The Center for American Progress found that simply calling out GOP corruption does well with both Democratic and Independent voters. The poll was conducted the first week in July and found that 54 percent of voters across a polling group of 48 Republican-controlled congressional districts said that Republicans are more “corrupt” than Democrats, while 46 percent believe that Democrats are more corrupt. Again, these are GOP-controlled districts.
More importantly, independents were harder on the GOP than Democrats, with a full 60 percent responding that Republicans, not Democrats, are responsible for Washington’s corruption.
Also good news for Democrats: 56 percent of Republican respondents said Congress is not checking the Trump administration enough, and 57 percent of Independents agree with them.
That is good news for Democrats. Now we just have to focus on voter turnout.