Election polls highlight important issues that drove voters’ midterm decisions

Amy Walter:

Well, that was actually what the Democrats wanted to do for many months in this election, was to make it less of a referendum and more of a choice, a choice between President Biden, but also Donald Trump, or maybe MAGA-ism.

President Biden would go down the track talking a lot, it’s not your dad’s Republican party. We are fighting here for the soul of America. You have heard a lot about election denial and protecting democracy during the election campaign. And what you saw from voters was exactly that. Many of them thought that, yes, even if they didn’t necessarily approve of Biden, those who somewhat disapproved of Biden still ended up voting – splitting their vote for Democrats and Republicans.

But a lot of the people who said, I really like – I want to make this an election about the economy or about Joe Biden were also cross-pressured because they didn’t like what they were seeing from the side republican.

And the interesting thing, Judy, once we get all the data, it’s going to be fascinating to go through it all. But it seems to me that in these last two midterm elections, the challenge for Republicans has been that they have all the baggage of Maga-ism and Trumpism without Trump on the ballot to help get people to vote. voters who only show up if Trump is on the ballot.

And so it became a choice between Trump and Biden kind of wing but, without Trump on the ballot, wasn’t able to get out some of those infrequent voters who potentially could have helped the Republicans to do a little better.


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