Quinnipiac has released a poll showing respondents’ opinions of Congress and the President, and it’s not pretty. For starters, let’s look at what voters have said about the House of Representatives:
By a 54 – 38 percent margin, American voters want the Democratic Party to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the widest margin ever measured for this question in a Quinnipiac University poll, exceeding a 5 percentage point margin for Republicans in 2013.
If Democrats had won control of the U.S. Senate in the 2016 elections, the country would be in a better place than it is now, 41 percent of voters say, while 27 percent say it would be in a worse place and 30 percent say it would be the same.
Yikes! It stings, doesn’t it? But that’s not all. President Trump is losing the good graces of the electorate according to respondents to the poll:
American voters, who gave President Donald Trump a slight approval bump after the missile strike in Syria, today give him a near-record negative 36 – 58 percent job approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Critical are big losses among white voters with no college degree, white men and independent voters.
“There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
We know that polling can’t always be trusted or taken at face value – and, yes, the party out of power tends to do better in off-year elections – but this one indicates that the writing is on the wall for the GOP. Both Trump and Congressional Republicans need to get it together to avoid squandering the historic gains in the 2016 election.
It’s not enough to coast on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and some foreign policy successes. The GOP must lead, be proactive, and somehow get in front of the public relations battle to reverse this trend. It would be a shame to lose 2018 after the triumphs of 2016.
Tax reform is a good way to start. Just saying.