Republicans and Democrats think their political rivals are winning on important issues
Nearly three-quarters of Americans – 72% – think their political camp loses more often than it wins on the issues they care about, according to a Pew Research poll released Monday. Less than a quarter – 24% – think their side wins most often.
Of the two ‘sides’, the right lost the most confidence in its political clout – 81% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they thought their side lost more often than it won, compared to just 29% who shared this view in February 2020, when former President Donald Trump was still in office.
But while Republicans can blame their pessimism on the loss of the presidency and almost the Senate in the last election, the reason for the unease among Democrats – two-thirds (66%) of party voters and Democratic-leaning independents believe that their side is defeated more often than it wins – is less obvious. However, 2020 exit polls showed most Biden supporters voted against then-President Donald Trump rather than Biden, possibly making them less invested in his victory. . Additionally, the figure has declined from a high of 80% who felt they were losing during the Trump years.
Moderate Democrats were the most likely of any group surveyed to believe they were winning, with 34% sharing this view compared to 29% for Liberals, 21% for Moderate Republicans and just 15% for those further to the right.
The same poll, which was conducted once under President Barack Obama, three times under Trump and twice now under Biden, finds that overall more Americans felt their team was winning in February 2020 ( 41%) than at any other time in the past. six years. Monday’s poll represented the most pessimistic moment of this period.
Another recent poll revealed how unenthusiastic Republicans and Democrats are about their parties’ potential candidates for the 2024 presidential election – Trump and Biden, respectively. More than two-thirds of voters wanted to see Biden retire, while more than half felt the same way about Trump, although their reasons varied depending on their political affiliation and other factors. A hypothetical showdown between the unpopular septuagenarians would see Trump narrowly edge out Biden, but pollster Mark Penn, who led last month’s survey, suggested there would be a “virtual voter revoltin the event of a rematch in 2020.