Slight majority want Democrats to retake power in 2018, poll says

Focus on Russia or health care, Dems divided on message
Democrats Divided On Message For 2018 Election
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20 July, 2017

"The survey results suggest some reasons that Democrats have not been able to capitalize yet on voter antipathy toward Trump", said the Post's Mike DeBonis and Emily Guskin.

And then there is history: The party holding the White House, with few exceptions in the modern era, has tended to lose congressional seats in midterm elections. Just 38% said they wanted Congress to remain in control by Republicans, while 10% of those surveyed said that they had no opinion.

I don't agree with commentators who tell us both major political parties are in disarray.

65 percent of Republicans and those who lean Republican.

The fundraising disparity comes on the heels of the state Democratic Party suffering deep losses in the fall election and as it gears up to help U.S. Sen. Donald Trump may be costing his fellow Republicans the 2018 election, yet they continue to support him and look the other way when incriminating evidence is presented in the Trump/Russia investigation.

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Climate, particularly in the wake of Trump's announcement that the US would exit the Paris deal, was expected to be at the top of the meeting's agenda.

But 62 percent of respondents said they oppose how Trump uses Twitter to express exactly what he is thinking. More than half of voters said that Trump is not an influence on their decision.

Needless to say, the top, headline number in the poll is still encouraging for Democrats, especially considering they have ample time to hammer out the policies and defining principles they intend to run on.

The poll, conducted from July 13 to 15, found that 81 percent of Democrats rank a Trump-Russia probe well ahead of a number of national priorities, perhaps suggesting the nearly six-month-old administration has further distracted the public from serious problems.

"While Democrats are heavily targeting the House in 2018, the Senate is seen as a tougher prize", notes the Post. The poll had a margin error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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