Rural America's Red Wall: Democratic 2018 Midterm Plans Just Took Another Hit

Rural America's Red Wall: Democratic 2018 Midterm Plans Just Took Another Hit

Democrats, spurned by the Election Day victory of Donald Trump and toiling and reeling after further losses in special elections held this year, want a full investigation into the president's campaign and alleged collusion with Russian Federation more than any other major issue now facing the country, a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday showed.

As for how long the Democrats have to try to turn those concerning enthusiasm numbers around, Election Day for the upcoming midterms is still more than a year away, scheduled for November 6, 2018.

Fifty percent of adults in these counties - consisting of Republicans, Democrats and independents - approve of the president's job performance (including 29 percent who strongly approve), while 46 percent disapprove (including 35 percent who do so strongly).

Although the poll was conducted prior to the collapse of the health-care push, the results suggest fresh uncertainty as to whether Democratic can recruit strong candidates and mobilize voters despite negative views of the Republican agenda. A 65 percent majority of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents say they are certain they will vote next year, versus 57 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.

72 percent of those who strongly approve of the president.




Contrasting the poll's numbers on the levels of registered voter support for Democrats and Republicans, the split is quite close to Trump's own approval and disapproval ratings over the past several months.

There's also little difference between potential new midterm voters - those who say they'll vote in 2018, but didn't in 2014 - and off-year veterans.

Furthermore, not everyone who disagrees with Republicans is a Democrat. Just 38% said they wanted Congress to remain in control by Republicans, while 10% of those surveyed said that they had no opinion.

Nor does either side have an edge in enthusiasm: Eighty-four percent of anti-Trump registered voters say it's extremely or very important to them to vote to oppose him in the midterms. 64% of these individuals said that they wanted Congress to be controlled by Democrats, whereas just 30% said that they were happy with the status quo.

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