Democrats’ hopes of ‘blue wave’ dashed as polls bring great news for Republicans

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

As the 2018 midterms loom, Republicans are bolstered by a string of new polls that show significant improvement for both the party in general and President Trump, The Hill reports.

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In mid December, Democrats enjoyed a 15-point advantage on the generic ballot in a Monmouth University poll. That lead shrunk to 2 percent in a new poll by Monmouth released on Wednesday.

“In a look ahead to 2018, Democrats currently hold a negligible edge on the generic Congress ballot,” the report read. “If the election for House of Representatives were held today, 47% of registered voters say they would vote for or lean toward voting for the Democratic candidate in their district compared to 45% who would support the Republican.”

President Trump has also enjoyed a spike in approval. Monmouth’s Wednesday poll showed a 10-point climb in the president’s approval rating over last month.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll also published on Wednesday confirmed that the president’s numbers improved over the past week.

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The president’s party tends to lose seats during midterm elections. Huge losses could jeopardize Republican majorities in the House and Senate. A two-seat loss by the GOP in Congress’ upper chamber would put it in the hands of Democrats.

The saving grace for Republicans this season appears to be the economy. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, voters believe the GOP has a better plan than Democrats for jobs and the economy–by a decisive 10-point margin.

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), a former chairman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, credited the Trump-backed GOP tax reform bill with boosting the base’s faith in the party.

“Our base said, ‘OK, you guys actually could come together and get something big done.’ So you’re seeing that reflected in the generic ballot that has gone from double digits down to single digits,” Walden explained. “It feels like it’s bottomed out and we’re coming back up. We will have a very good record to run on.”

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The lawmaker also argued Democrats’ opposition to the tax cuts has hurt them.

“The Democrats have completely overplayed their hand. When [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi says $1,000 or $2,000 is ‘crumbs,’ people in West Virginia, rural Oregon go, ‘$1000 is a lot of money to me.'”

At a retreat for Republican lawmakers in West Virginia last week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested educating the public about the benefits of the tax reform legislation as one of the pillar’s for the GOP’s success in November, Fox News reported.

“I mean literally, 50 percent of our effort should be explaining the tax cuts and their impact at multiple levels,” Gingrich said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite).

President Trump also spoke at the event, and remarked “I just looked at some numbers, you’ve even done better than you thought.”

If things keep up, Democrats may have to put their “Resistance” wish list on hold.


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