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Republicans maintain double digit voter advantages in key midterm categories: inflation, economy

A number of recent polls indicate that Americans are not confident with the direction of the country under Democratic leadership.

Published: March 31, 2022 8:49am

Updated: March 31, 2022 9:33am

Voters trust the GOP significantly more than the Democratic Party on the handling of such key midterm issues as inflation and the over health of the economy, according to a new Morning Consult survey

The survey found 46% of voters trust Republicans to handle the record-level inflation, compared to 32% for Democrats. Roughly 22% said they were unsure or had no opinion.

Voters also favored Republicans to handle national security and the economy by double-digit margins.

The GOP earned the trust of 48% of those polled on national security, compared to 35% of Democrats, and 47% said they trusted Republicans with the economy, compared to 36% of Democrats.

Voters also favor Republicans on such issues as immigration, Second Amendment issues and jobs. Independents, in particular, favor Republicans on economic issues – including by a 23 point margin on inflation. 

The survey was conducted March 25-27 among 2,006 registered U.S. voters with a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

On the issue of energy, voters were split 40%-40%, and Democrats maintained on edge on issues including education, Medicare and Social Security, climate change, health care, COVID-19 and voting rights.

A number of recent polls have indicated that, at present, voters believe inflation is the most important issue facing the country.

The most recent Harvard/Harris poll found that a majority of voters (roughly 60%) believe both the economy and the country are on the wrong track. According to the poll, Republicans now carry a 6-point advantage in the generic congressional ballot. 

A recent NBC News poll found that 71% of voters believe the country is on the wrong track, leading NBC host Chuck Todd to declare that Democrats are likely headed for a "shellacking" in the upcoming midterm. 

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