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.

Updated: March 31, 2022 - 9:33am

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook

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. 

Just the News Spotlight