Recent polls are easing the minds of Republican lawmakers about the upcoming elections. The numbers show a slight increase in favorable outlooks concerning Republicans. An upswing in Trump’s approval rating are also easing Republican fears ahead of elections.
A Monmouth University Poll showed that the Democrats advantage over Republicans had shrunk from fifteen points to two. The Reuters/Ipsos poll tracking President Donald Trump’s approval rating shows a growth of around two percentage points. Another poll from Reuters/Ipsos shows that 37.6% of voters believe Republicans have better plans for jobs and employment than Democrats, compared to only 27.8% who believe Democrats have a better handle on those issues.
Republicans are taking this small increase and running with it, while looking towards upcoming elections. According to Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford, “The numbers for or against Republicans in different states have moved dramatically favorable, where two months ago there was a much lower rating.”
Oregon Republican Representative Greg Walden believes that the passage of the tax bill helped with Republican numbers, stating, “Our base said, ‘OK, you guys actually could come together and get something big done.’ So you’re seeing that reflected in the generic ballot that has gone from double digits down to single digits.”
The Democrats are taking the polls seriously, while negating that a small increase in Republican points is anything to worry about.
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein believes that voters will remember what the Republicans have been up to over the past year. “Republicans spent the last year working to raise health care costs and then give a tax break to millionaires and big corporations while middle class voters foot the bill”, Bergstein said in a statement.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Tyler Law easily put the numbers in perspective saying, “President Trump’s numbers are abysmal, and it’s dragging down vulnerable House Republicans deep into the map. Any slight uptick is starting at a very low bar.” Perhaps Republicans ought to hold off on lighting their victory cigars until after the actual elections.