A new poll predicts more bad news for President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, in general, heading into the 2020 midterm elections.
The poll looked at those who supported former President Donald Trump in 2016 but switched to Biden in 2020, finding that only 3 out of 10 would vote for the former long-serving United States senator from Delaware now.
The poll, “published by Republican public opinion research firm J.L. Partners, found that 1 in 5 of the same voters graded Biden’s performance as president as ‘very well.'” The Washington Examiner claimed that “voters over 65 were more critical of Biden, with 7% echoing the assessment.”
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Former British Prime Minister Theresa May’s main pollster, J.L. Partners founder James Johnson, forecasts that so-called purple voters will be crucial in November’s midterm elections and the next presidential cycle, estimating that the group numbers around 4 million people.
For example, liberal stances on the removal of statues and monuments, the usage of gender pronouns, race protests, and cancel culture have motivated more than 1 in 4 people to vote Republican this year. About 68 percent of Democrats stayed committed.
Johnson, too, attributed Biden and the Democrats’ dwindling purple voter support to dissatisfaction with their management of the economy and immigration policies, as well as their pledge to bring the country together.
According to Johnson, Democrats continue to have an advantage over Republicans when it comes to the COVID-19 epidemic, which is the top issue of purple voters, and healthcare.
“The poll is bleak for Biden,” Johnson told the Washington Examiner.
As has been the case for most of their administration, Vice President Kamala Harris fared even worse in the poll; only 15% of purple voters approve of her job performance under Biden.
He went on to add that Republican candidates who focus on the last election will do worse than those who focus on other topics that voters care about.
“A focus on the last election deters them and could cost those candidates who are currently ramping up their rhetoric for the primary in November,” Johnson said. “The GOP would be much better targeting their message on inflation, crime, and the border.”