Republicans favored to handle Jobs, Immigration & National Security
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Not only have Republicans increased support on the Generic Congressional Ballot, they are now trusted more to handle the most important issue when voters head to the polls: The Economy,” says Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s Co-Founder & Chief Research Officer.
Yes, Republicans have erased Democrats recent advantage on the Generic Congressional Ballot in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult Poll that, for the first time since April, also shows President Donald Trump’s approval rating equaling the percentage of voters who disapprove of his job performance.
“Today, 43% of voters say they trust Republicans to handle the economy, and 32% say they’d trust Democrats. In mid-December, 39% said they trusted the Democrats, compared to 38% who said Republicans,” Dropp said.
Congressional Republicans also have:
- A 9%-point advantage on handling jobs
- A 6%-point lead on dealing with immigration, and
- A 19%-point lead on handling national security.
The Democratic advantage on health care has dwindled to just 4% points, down from double digits last year.
And 39% of registered voters say they would now support the GOP candidate for Congress in their district, while 38% would back the Democratic candidate. Nearly a quarter of voters, 23%, are undecided.
Among independent voters:
- 26% would vote for the Democrat
- 25% for the Republican, and
- 49% are undecided
The GOP’s 1-point advantage comes after three months of tracking in which Democrats maintained a lead ranging between 2 and 10 points on the generic ballot.
The new year has also produced a Trump polling bump. In the new poll;
- 47% of Voters Approve of the job Trump is doing,
- while 47% disapprove.
- Among Democrats, 16% approve of Trump’s job performance, 80% disapprove.
- Among Republicans, 82% approve, while 16% disapprove.
- Among independents, 39% approve, and 49% disapprove.
Similar to Republican gains in the generic ballot — there is also a distinct improvement over the past two months for President Trump.
The president’s average approval rating is now up to 41%, up from a low-water mark of 37% in mid-December 2017.
And overall, the poll shows that voters’ perceptions of Republicans have recovered from the lows of late last year, including on a number of the most important issues facing the nation.
Source: Texas Politics