A new poll shows that just over a year remains before the 2022 midterms. It is clear that most Americans want to see Republicans take control of both Congress chambers next year.
The Quinnipiac University released a national survey on Thursday that showed President Biden falling to his lowest level of public support since he assumed control of the White House in January. The poll also shows that nearly 33% of Americans are making changes to their spending habits because of rising prices.
In next year’s midterms Democrats will defend their House of Representatives majority and Senate majorities. The entire 435-member House as well as one-third of the 100-member Senate are up in grabs.
The poll found that 46% to 38% of those surveyed said they would like to see the Republicans take control of the House, if the midterm elections were held today. The majority of those polled said that they would like to see the GOP win control of the Senate, with a margin of 46%-40%. Only 15% did not offer an opinion.
“An ominous double whammy for the Democrats with midterms less than a year out. The Senate and the House will be up for grabs and voters want the GOP to win the jump ball,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy stated.
The poll was released on Nov. 11-15, less than one week after an ABC News/Washington Post survey which showed that Republicans held a 10-point lead over Democrats on the generic ballot question.
The generic ballot question is designed to ask respondents if they would vote for a Republican or Democrat candidate in their congressional district. This was the largest lead for Republicans in 40 years that ABC News and The Washington Post had been asking the generic question.
Eight years ago, the Republicans were in control of the House. However, they lost the majority when the Democrats retake control of the chamber in the 2018 midterms. After being defeated by the Democrats in January’s two runoff elections in Georgia, the GOP lost control over the Senate.
The declining numbers of congressional Democrats is due to Biden’s plunging popularity. According to the Quinnipiac poll, 36% of Americans approve of President Obama and 53% disapprove. Biden’s approval rating fell one point in Quinnipiac polling last month. This is his lowest score in their surveys since he succeeded former President Trump to the White House.
The new poll also shows that 61% of Americans believe the economy is worsening. Seven in 10 respondents admit that skyrocketing prices for food and fuel have caused them to alter their spending habits.