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Republicans Poll as More Trusted by the People but the Party Shouldn't Get Cocky

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"Democrats Doomed," I wrote in May of 2022

I never claimed to be Nostradamus, but in my defense, everything pointed to the fact that Democrats were not going into the midterms with too much of an advantage. Nearly everything pointed to the fact that Republicans were going to come out on top, so much so that I was cautiously optimistic about the prophesied "red wave." 

The article I wrote was about a Washington Post/ABC poll that showed that 94 percent were concerned that Democrats couldn't get the job done on the economy while 50 percent said they trusted Republicans to handle the economy better. 

I learned a very important lesson when the red wave ended up being a red trickle; it's not real until it's real. 

That's why I'm looking at this new poll that was recently released from Gallup with optimism, but having no desire to lean on it.

According to Gallup, Republicans lead Democrats in terms of the people's confidence in handling various issues:

The two major political parties remain unpopular in the U.S., with 56% of Americans viewing the Republican Party unfavorably and 58% saying the same of the Democratic Party.

Although both parties are about equally disliked, the public chooses the Republican Party over the Democratic Party by healthy margins when asked which will better safeguard the nation’s prosperity and security.

  • Fifty-three percent of Americans believe the Republican Party will do a better job of keeping the country prosperous over the next few years, whereas 39% choose the Democratic Party.
  • A slightly larger majority, 57%, have greater faith in the Republican Party to protect the country from international terrorism and military threats, while 35% favor the Democrats.

Even when it comes to the individual, more faith is put in Republicans to handle it than Democrats according to Gallup:

The recent poll also finds the Republican Party leading the Democrats as the party more Americans choose as better able to handle whatever problem they name as the most important facing the country. Forty-four percent say the Republican Party is better, while 36% name the Democratic Party and the rest say the parties are the same or have no preference. This is at a time when the economy, government/poor leadership and immigration lead Americans’ open-ended responses when asked to name the most important problem facing the country.

Great. Republicans have momentum. The question is how they will utilize this momentum...if they do at all.

The 2022 midterms should have taught Republicans a hard lesson, and I don't just mean about polling. The lesson we should have come away with is that Republicans aren't guaranteed to win just because the people have more confidence in them than the Democrats to get things done. It means absolutely nothing if Republicans can't close the deal on people's votes. 

One should logically follow the other, there are a host of reasons for people to turn away from voting for someone and Republicans have to begin working on sending messages of absolute confidence to voters. This means the Republican Party needs to start backing its candidates from the top down. If Republican leadership doesn't show confidence in itself or the candidates, then neither are the people. 

The bottom line is that Republicans are in disarray and have been for years now. It is a Party at war with itself, and if the people's confidence is going to be restored in it, and that includes Republican voters, it needs to come to some kind of solution for stability. 

Without some sort of stable foundation, the Democrat hive will rock them every election and the GOP will either lose or come out with pyrrhic victories like they did in the midterms. 

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