The American electorate is angry, and they have a message for this year’s midterm candidates.
Not only do U.S. voters overwhelmingly favor Democrats in their local Congressional districts, but voters by even larger margins now say they’ll support candidates who actively oppose Trump and his radical agenda, according to a new Suffolk University poll.
The survey “finds voters looking toward the midterm elections are overwhelmingly unhappy with the country’s direction, dissatisfied with its political leadership, and interested in electing a Congress that will confront President Trump,” USA Today reported on Thursday.
Even more telling, “By close to 2-1, 58%-32%, those surveyed say they want to elect a Congress that mostly stands up to the president.”
This poll is bad news for Southern California incumbent Reps. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), and Mimi Walters (R-Irvine). All three wholeheartedly embraced Trump despite representing voters who oppose him and his policies.
It is difficult to find a more loyal Trump acolyte than Knight. Despite overwhelming opposition from voters, Knight voted in lock-step with Trump on key issues such as repealing the Affordable Care Act and the disastrously unpopular tax bill. It is no surprise that he is California’s most vulnerable incumbent.
Rohrabacher has been accused by ethics watchdogs of “paying tribute to Trump by frequenting his properties.” That won’t go over well with voters in Orange County, which was once a Republican stronghold. By the end of 2017, 60 percent of Orange County voters disapproved of Trump. And even though Trump’s name won’t won’t be on the ballot in November, the new poll shows election season will be all about him.
Walters has been the most outspoken in her support of Trump. In her eyes, Trump can do no wrong. Like Knight, Walters voted with Trump over the concerns of her constituents on issues such as health care and taxes.
She is adamantly against even the thought of impeachment, despite an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into possible collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice. When asked about Trump, Walters boldly proclaimed, “He’s the president of our party. He stands for what we stand for.”
That wave of anti-Trump feeling nationwide is driven by Democratic voters, as well as by independents, according to the poll cited by USA Today. Eight in 10 Democrats say the country off on the wrong track, while seven in 10 independents agree.
That level of anger about the country’s direction is unusual considering how many Americans say they’re happy with the state of the U.S. economy. (Fifty-five percent say it’s in a state of recovery.) But Trump’s radical, hateful agenda seems to overshadow that.
Democrats nationwide enjoy a gigantic 15-point advantage in the Suffolk poll when asked which party voters will support in November.
“A 15-point lead in the generic ballot — that’s a Democratic House, without a doubt,” said David Wasserman, an analyst with the nonpartisan Cook Political Report told USA Today. “That would be a big wave.”
In fact, the Cook Political Report recently updated the status of 21 House races and moved the needle in all 21 races in the direction of Democrats.
If Republicans lose 24 seats this November, Democrat will regain control of the chamber.
More bad polling for Trump and the GOP on Thursday came when a new Pew Research Center poll found that, if elections were held today Millennial voters would back Democrats by a whopping 33 points.
Meanwhile, 62 percent of millennials say they’re looking forward to the midterms, up from 42 percent who felt that way in 2014. And overall, just 27 percent approve of Trump.
November is going to be a referendum on Trump.
Dan Desai Martin contributed to this article.