Joe Biden and his Democrat allies on Capitol Hill are in political quicksand as inflation and gasoline prices continue to rise, while their standing in the polls keeps sinking, with the latest casualty being California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in 2022.
This follows the announcement Monday by veteran U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) who is stepping down at the end of his term next year.
Speier has been in the House for 12 years. She is one of the survivors of a murderous barrage fired by members of the People’s Temple in Guyana that preceded the infamous Jonestown Massacre masterminded by Jim Jones, who ordered hundreds of his followers to commit mass suicide.
According to a survey by Morning Consult/Politico, Republicans rate more trust among voters than Democrats on five top issues: national security, the economy, gun policy, immigration and jobs. The margins are particularly troubling for Democrats among suburban voters, who are likely to sway the 2022 elections and that could mean a GOP takeover of Congress much the same as happened in 1994, this time leaving Biden as a lame duck for his final two years in office.
The Second Amendment Foundation discussed the survey and how it signaled guns as one of the top five issues.
“These survey results are revealing, especially on firearms policies,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “After years of failed gun control policies, the public has finally concluded that Democrats have only worked to disarm law-abiding citizens and make us more vulnerable to criminal attack. Policies advertised as keeping guns out of the hands of criminals have actually only been tough on their intended victims.
“The survey found that 46 percent of all American voters think Republicans do a better job on gun policy, while 39 percent still cling to the notion Democrats have the right approach, but a significant 15 percent are still in the middle,” he continued. “When the survey numbers focus on important suburban voters, the numbers get even worse. Forty-seven percent of voters in the suburbs believe Republicans are better on gun policy, while only 37 percent support Democrat schemes, and 16 percent remain undecided.”
A new Rasmussen survey released Tuesday shows that if the elections were held today, 51 percent of likely voters would support the Republican candidate while only 38 percent would vote for Democrats. However, the election is not being held today, and a year in politics is an eternity.
Still, Republicans have a 13-point lead, five points more than Democrats had in January 2018 when they captured the House.
Rasmussen’s survey had some interesting details. Only 77 percent of Democrats would vote for their own party right now, and among Independents, 48 percent would vote Republican and 26 percent would vote Democrat.
Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll is even worse for Biden. Fifty-seven percent disapprove of his job performance, while 41 percent approve. Breaking that down, though, only 20 percent of likely voters “strongly approve” of Biden on the job while 50 percent “strongly disapprove,” a 2.5-1 margin.
The Rasmussen survey was conducted among 2,500 voters Nov. 8-11.