Poll: Nearly 3 in 10 Americans May Consider ‘Taking Up Arms’ Against Government Someday

A recent online poll conducted by Republican pollsters Neil Newhouse and Joel Benenson via the University of Chicago Institute of Politics reveals an ever-expanding divisiveness among voters who identify as Republicans, Democrats and independents.

The survey also illustrates American citizens’ growing dissatisfaction with the federal government, regardless of party affiliation.

Among the highlights of the poll findings:

  • 56% of Americans believe the government is “corrupt and rigged” against them.
  • 49% agreed they “more and more feel like a stranger in [their] own country.”
  • The majority of Americans (56%) agreed they “generally trust elections to be conducted fairly and counted accurately.” However, the breakdown is 78% Democrats, 51% independents, and 33% Republicans. And for those who voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020, the trust factor with elections is 31%.
  • In one question, voters were asked if it will be “necessary, at some point soon, for citizens to take up arms against the government.” Overall, 28% of voters agreed, 59% disagreed, and 12% weren’t sure. For that question, however, 36% of Republicans agreed, 35% of independents agreed, and 20% of Democrats agreed. Also, among the American respondents who have guns in their homes, 37% agreed about someday taking up arms against the government, if necessary.

Newhouse and Benenson, who discussed their findings on CNN, found the percentage of Americans pondering a physical fight against government tyranny as “alarming.”

“These are stunning results,” said Newhouse. “We knew the mood of the country was not positive, but it is so much worse than we thought it was.”

Taking up arms against the government didn’t generate a Republican-dominated response. Newhouse said that 45% of Republicans agreed with that question, but so did 33% of NPR listeners and 26% of liberal gun owners.

“It really demonstrates the extraordinary polarization in the country right now, and there’s a pandemic of mistrust between Americans and their government and their media,” says Newhouse, while adding that things in America “may have to get worse before it gets better.”

Newhouse explained, “Democrats don’t trust Republicans. Republicans don’t trust Democrats. Democrats think Republicans are getting disinformation. Republicans think the same thing about Democrats. There is no middle ground here whatsoever.”

Benenson lamented how some Americans are getting their news on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, with social media feeds that were “not filtered or fact checked.”

“We’re in a treacherous area for democracy,” said Benenson. “And with a cherished First Amendment which we have to be mindful and respectful of, I think we have to also think, from the media side, how can we do a better job to not partisanize the news as much as we have been.”

The Newhouse/Benenson poll tracked the responses of 1,000 registered voters across the United States from May 19-23. The margin of error was +/- 3.5%.

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RNC Spanish-language Ad Targeting Vulnerable Senate Dems in 4 Battleground States

The Republican National Committee (RNC) unveiled a Spanish-language ad in four battleground states Friday, targeting Senate Democrats who are perceived to be vulnerable on the economy.

The Spanish-language ad, running in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania, focuses on Hispanics and Latinos achieving their version of the American dream, despite the current wave of Democrat leaders allowing “the hope for a better life to become a relic of the past.”

“Under [President Joe] Biden and Democrat control, the American dream is slipping away for many. From skyrocketing prices to surging crime to the disastrous border crisis, Democrats have failed the Hispanic community,” said RNC Communications Director Danielle Alvarez.

She added, “While Democrats focus on winning the ‘Latinx’ vote, Republicans are on the ground talking about the issues that matter and winning the Latino vote. This November, Hispanics will choose Republican leadership that shares our values of economic opportunity, freedom, and security.”

Alvarez’s reference to “Latinx” pokes fun at the Democrats for publicly using that term when addressing Hispanics and Latinos for more than a year, before polling revealed that only 2% of the Latino population acknowledges the moniker.

And perhaps worse, a majority of Latinos found “Latinx” to be offensive, or politically patronizing.

The four Democrats being targeted in the new ad: Incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and current Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who’s up against GOP Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz in the Keystone State’s general election.

Historically speaking, the economy and generational wealth have been top-of-mind issues with Hispanic and Latino voters in the United States, according to The Hill.

And Republicans have been actively targeting the votes for both communities, says Alvarez.

Rep. Mayra Flores, R-Texas, who recently became the first Republican in 150-plus years to win the Rio Grande Valley congressional district, says Latinos and Hispanics are embracing the Republicans’ America First agenda.

The Hispanic community is “pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, [and] all about hard work,” when Democrats increasingly aren’t, Flores recently said on Newsmax.

“My father sees that the Democrat Party walked away from him,” says Flores, who was born in Mexico before immigrating to the U.S. at age six.

“He sees that the party has gone so far left. They’re focused on nonsense like ‘Latinx,’ you know they’re focused on … pronouns, and not the real issues that are affecting real people here in South Texas and honestly throughout the country.”

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Report: Sen. Blackburn Introducing Bill Shielding National Guard From Vaccine-Related Firings

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is set to introduce legislation Thursday that would ban federal funds to any government entity or program requiring members of the National Guard to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a report from The Daily Caller.

This news coincides with Thursday reports of 40,000 U.S. Army National Guard members being fired for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

If Blackburn’s legislation should pass the House and Senate chambers, it would block servicemembers from being removed over vaccine hesitancy.

“Our servicemembers are the bedrock of America,” Blackburn told TDC this week. “Firing 40,000 Guardsmen for refusing the COVID vaccine would be both a complete disgrace and a threat to our national security. I am honored to stand beside our National Guardsmen and women by introducing this legislation to protect them from President Biden’s forever pandemic.”

“We’re going to give every soldier every opportunity to get vaccinated and continue their military career. Every soldier that is pending an exemption, we will continue to support them through their process,” Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Army National Guard, told the Associated Press, regarding vaccine mandates.

“We’re not giving up on anybody until the separation paperwork is signed and completed. There’s still time.”

Citing an Associated Press report, Ricky Shelton, a Tennessee National Guard captain from Grainger County who is a member of the 230th Sustainment Brigade, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press he had been unsuccessfully trying to meet with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, in advance of the June 30 firing date.

“They’ve ignored and they’ve ignored and diverted and tried to avoid whether it’s an event we invited them to or whatever it may be,” said Shelton. “So, they’ve avoided us like a plague.”

Here are the components of Senator Blackburn’s proposal:

  • No federal funds may be used to require a member of the National Guard to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Secretary of Defense may not take any adverse action against a member of the National Guard, due to that person’s COVID-19 vaccine refusal.
  • The Department of Defense, or any other government entity, wouldn’t be able to retaliate, dole out punishment, or treat a National Guard member disparately for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Blackburn’s proposal comes two days after Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, reportedly asked Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to ”indefinitely postpone” enforcing the DOD’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the state’s Army National Guard.

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The New Yorker: Trump Believes He’d Beat DeSantis in 2024 Primary

In a piece for this week’s issue of The New Yorker, profile writer Dexter Filkins reports that — based on a personal conversation, most likely from within the last 17 months — former President Donald Trump believes he’d prevail over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2024 Republican primary, if each sought out the presidency through the GOP ticket.

A portion of Filkins’ passage reads: “Trump told me that he was ‘very close to making a decision’ about whether to run. ‘I don’t know if Ron is running, and I don’t ask him,’ [Trump] said. ‘It’s his prerogative. I think I would win.’ “

On the surface, there’s news value with Trump projecting victory in a hypothetical matchup between him and DeSantis.

But would Trump and DeSantis — the Republican Party’s two biggest stars right now, and apparent friends publicly and privately — do battle in the same Republican primary?

DeSantis, 43, up reelection as Florida’s governor in November, has only been a household name in the national political landscape for about four years.

Contrast that with former President Trump, who will be 78 on Election Day in 2024. This might be his last realistic opportunity of reclaiming the nation’s highest office.

With all of Trump’s high-profile rallies in various cities, some of which draw substantial audiences and TV viewers, it stands to reason he’s a healthy bet for running for president in 2024.

However, from The New Yorker’s perspective, Trump also has reasons not to run.

A political consultant familiar with Trump and DeSantis offered the following quote to The New Yorker:

“[Trump] can do everything now that he could do when he was President, except shoot off missiles,” said the consultant. “He’s making a lot of money. That’s the most important thing to him.”

The reasons for DeSantis seeking out the presidency: He’s young, bold, energetic, dynamic, and not afraid to speak his mind. He’s also popular in his own state and has an emerging national brand. 

On the flip side, the reasons for waiting until 2028 are easy to digest: If DeSantis were to lose to Trump in the 2024 GOP primary by a significant margin, it might damage his long-term presidential prospects.

It could also lead to a potential rift between the two Republican stars.

If he waits another four years, DeSantis might be hailed as Trump’s hand-picked choice to succeed him as the GOP nominee, while leading the America First agenda into a new decade.

Filkins writes: “[DeSantis] can afford to wait. But there is every indication that he doesn’t want to. ‘Ron has been told for four years that he’s Trump’s successor — that all the women want to sleep with him, and all the men want to be him,’ the consultant told me. ‘Ron has heard way too many times, ‘You’re next.’ “

DeSantis’ fundraising arm for Florida’s gubernatorial election has reportedly raised more than $100 million, a record-setting pace for a single election cycle in the state.

Numerous tracking polls have DeSantis as an overwhelming favorite over Democratic Party challengers Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried. (Primary day is Aug. 23.)

If successful, that gubernatorial victory could lead to a Trump-like war chest of campaign funds for the 2024 election cycle.

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Inflation, Critical Race Theory Among Likely Key Issues as Texas Republicans Prepare for Convention

Republican leaders in the Lone Star State will set a conservative agenda for the next two years when they meet for the 2022 Texas State Republican Convention in Houston this week.

James Wesolek, communication director for the Republican Party of Texas, told the Epoch Times that the convention offers Republican an opportunity to set priorities for the next legislative session.

Issues such as critical race theory, gender identity, and boarder security have not fallen off the conservative radar and have remained top-of-mind for many Republican voters.

“Almost every issue has taken on more significance,” Wesolek said.

The legislative priorities for 2020 included election integrity, religious freedom, children and gender modification (banning medical practices), abolition of abortion, constitutional carry, monument protection, school choice, and banning taxpayer-funded lobbying.

While the party’s platform going forward has yet to be established, a look at interim assignments issued by Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick this spring offer insight into top issues for state GOP leaders.

Phelan and Patrick want committee members to study the issues before the next regular Texas Legislative session begins in January 2023.

Some interim studies for Texas include: the impact of inflation, election law, critical race theory and parental rights in education, age-appropriateness of books in schools, border security, supply-chain and trucking, increasing the production of oil and gas within the state to strengthen Texas’ energy independence, and making the Texas electric grid more reliable.

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A Park Policeman patrols along the River Walk as snow falls, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in San Antonio. Snow, ice and sub-freezing weather continue to wreak havoc on the state’s power grid and utilities. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Patrick’s list also included an assignment to examine why Harris County, home of Houston, released 300 criminal defendants onto the streets without bond or review by a magistrate earlier this year and to see if it has happened elsewhere in the state.

The company in charge of the computer system in Harris County blamed a network outage for the release of the defendants. The outage prevented people from appearing before a judge within a statutory timeframe.

Patrick also assigned a review of eliminating tenure in Texas public higher education institutions. He wants to end university tenure to stop critical race theory teachings after the UT-Austin Faculty Council reaffirmed the right of instructors to teach about racial justice and critical race theory in the classroom.

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at a Make America Great Again rally in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 22, 2018. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

This year’s convention will be held June 16-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Besides defining conservative issues, the party chair and vice chair will be elected at the convention. Committees will begin meeting early next week on platform issues.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is a significant convention sponsor and will appear at the convention reception with the first lady on June 16.

In 2020, the event was held virtually. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Democrat, told city lawyers to terminate the convention contract. He believed the three-day event could not be held safely due to COVID-19.

The Republicans sued, alleging breach of contract. Courts refused to force Houston, hard hit by the pandemic, to let the party stick to its original plans of holding a large indoor gathering.

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Group of Senators, Including 10 Republicans, Announce Breakthrough on Gun Control Deal

A bipartisan group of senators announced an agreement on gun control Sunday, including providing more resources for mental health needs, school safety, and more.

The announcement includes the support of 10 Republican senators, which is needed for the upper congressional chamber to overcome the legislative filibuster in the 50-50 senate. It was praised, notably, by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a longtime proponent of gun control measures.

In the statement, the group said its plan “increases needed mental health resources, improves school safety and support for students, and helps ensure dangerous criminals and those who are adjudicated as mentally ill can’t purchase weapons.”

Republicans who support the measure include Sens. Lindsey Graham, (S.C.), Mitt Romney (Utah), John Cornyn (Texas), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), Rob Portman (Ohio), and Pat Toomey (Pa.). Several Democrats also backed the measure, including Sens. Chris Murphy (Conn.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Corey Booker (N.J.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Mark Kelly (Ariz.), Chris Coons (Del.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.). Sen. Angus King (I-Mich.) also signaled his support for the measure.

Murphy and Cornyn were both tapped by Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), respectively, to come to a deal following several high-profile mass shootings in recent weeks. The Republicans who announced their support for the measure will likely face blowback from other GOP lawmakers and some of their constituents.

The plan calls for an “enhanced review process” for younger gun buyers: “For buyers under 21 years of age, requires an investigative period to review juvenile and mental health records, including checks with state databases and local law enforcement,” according to their statement.

The bill will also provide support for state crisis intervention, protections for domestic violence victims, funding for school-based mental health and supportive services, investment in children and family mental health services, clarification of the definition of federally licensed firearms dealer, penalties for “straw purchasing” of guns, and telehealth investments.

There was no mention of more controversial provisions that have been proposed by some Democrats, including unilateral bans on semiautomatic rifles or bans on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. But the latest announcement suggests that it could provide resources for so-called “red flag” laws. Currently, 19 states and Washington, D.C., have red flag laws on the books, which have been described as unconstitutional because they violate the Constitution’s Due Process Clause and give too much power to judges.

“Today, we are announcing a commonsense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country,” Murphy, Cornyn, and other senators said in a statement. “Families are scared, and it is our duty to come together and get something done that will help restore their sense of safety and security in their communities.”

Schumer, in a statement, praised the deal and said that “Congress is on the path to take meaningful action to address gun violence,” without mentioning that some cities with significant gun control laws have some of the highest firearm-related homicide rates in the United States.

“After an unrelenting wave of gun-related suicides and homicides, including mass shootings, the Senate is poised to act on commonsense reforms to protect Americans where they live, where they shop, and where they learn,” he added. “We must move swiftly to advance this legislation because if a single life can be saved it is worth the effort.”


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Rep. Gohmert Slams Democrats on Gun Reform Rhetoric: ‘You Think We Don’t Have Hearts?’

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, slammed House Democrats by teleconference Thursday, accusing the group of being divisive during the ongoing gun legislation debates.

During a House Judiciary Committee markup, where gun control measures such as raising the minimum age for purchasing semi-automatic rifles, and placing restrictions on high-capacity magazines were being presented, Gohmert excoriated the Democratic leaders.

“I don’t think that it’s very effective for the children to have people on the other side of the aisle come in and accuse Republicans of being complicit in murder and that we put our right to kill over others’ right to live, to infer by rhetorical supposed questions, ‘Who are you here for? We must be here for the gunman,’ is an outrage,” said Gohmert.

The Texas Republican also interjected, “How dare you! You think we don’t have hearts?”

Gohmert then ratcheted up the discord between the political parties, providing information that details higher murder rates in Democratic-controlled cities.

We care about people. We care about their lives, and lives have been so trivialized. We care deeply. How dare you! How dare you, you arrogant people, attributing murder to those of us that want to do things to stop it. Because we’ve seen what your ideas do. They create more murder.”

The complicated notion of gun reform has always been a source of contention among Republicans and Democrats. But the national spotlight now shines brighter on the issue in the wake of recent shootings in Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

For last week’s Uvalde shooting, 18-year-old suspect Salvador Ramos allegedly opened fire on a single classroom at Robb Elementary School, which led to the deaths of 19 children and two adults. 

According to the Daily Mail, Ramos used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle, which he had legally purchased just days before the attack, and shortly after his 18th birthday.

During last week’s shooting, a Border Patrol agent rushed into the school and found the suspect barricaded, according to a sourced report from The Associated Press.

The agent then fatally shot Ramos before exiting the school, citing the AP report.

The House will reportedly vote on a bill next week that would nationalize red flag laws, which aims to remove guns from people deemed a risk to themselves and others.

Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently said the House will consider legislation that calls for banning military-style assault weapons.

Both gun measures could pass in the Democrat-controlled House, but it’s likely a different story within the Senate chamber.

Last week, centrist Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., embraced calls for national gun reform, but stopped short of supporting any measure that requires the Senate filibuster to be scrapped.

The filibuster currently requires a 60-vote threshold to enact sweeping changes to any established law.

Regarding the filibuster, Manchin said it’s “the only thing that prevents us from total insanity.”

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Poll: Most GOP Supporters Believe Racial Discrimination Affects Whites, Blacks

Last week, after a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, a Yahoo News/YouGov survey attempted to nail down the notion of ”discrimination” through this poll question:

”Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Discrimination against white people has become as big a problem as discrimination against black people in the U.S.”

According to Mediaite, 64% of respondents who identify as Republicans say racial discrimination against white people is ”as big a problem” as discrimination against Blacks.

Among those identifying as supporters for former President Donald Trump, 73% agreed that ”discrimination against white people has become as big a problem as discrimination against black people in the U.S.”

The poll also showed that 66% of Republicans and 69% of Trump voters are concerned ”that native-born Americans are losing economic, political, and cultural influence in this country to immigrants.” 

In some circles, it’s known as the ”great replacement theory.”

The theory holds that in the U.S., ”an elite cabal of Jews and Democrats is ‘replacing’ white Americans with Black, Hispanic and other people of color by encouraging immigration and interracial marriage – with the end goal being the eventual extinction of the white race,” according to The Guardian.

According to Mediaite, the above figures represent a sharp increase from a similar study published before the Buffalo shooting.

The most recent poll results didn’t include the racial makeup, geographies, financial stratas or age ranges of the self-identified Republicans. 

It didn’t address the dictionary definition of ”racism,” which covers ”prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.”

It also didn’t cover how states such as New York and California have incurred sizable population losses in recent years (mostly to Florida and Texas).

Or how Florida’s population keeps growing and the state keeps churning out more prospective voters registering as Republicans. 

Other notable findings from the survey include:

  • ”More than three-quarters (77%) of [President Joe] Biden voters … selected racism as one of the issues that ‘played a role’ in the Buffalo shooting. Only 42% of Trump voters say the same — roughly the same number (40%) who select ‘liberal media (such as MSNBC)’ as a contributing factor.”
  • When asked to choose which of eight issues played the biggest role in the Buffalo shooting, most Trump voters chose mental illness (56%), followed by racism (15%), and liberal media (14%). Just 2% said ”too many guns.”
  • A ”plurality of Biden voters select racism (39%), followed by ‘conservative media (such as Fox News)’ (27%), mental illness (14%), and too many guns (10%).”

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House Republicans’ Momentum Growing Before Midterm Elections

A nonpartisan handicapping service has the Republican Party gaining between 20 and 35 seats in the House chamber during the November midterm elections.

On Thursday, the “Cook Political Report with Amy Walter,” announced it had moved 10 separate House races into the Republicans’ favor, boosting the GOP’s maximum takeover total to 35 seats.

As such, the Cook report now has 35 Democratic seats in its “toss-up” category or worse, compared to only 10 Republican seats in the same precarious position.

“Given that President Biden’s job approval is underwater in dozens of districts he carried in 2020, any Democrat sitting in a single-digit Biden seat (or a Trump seat) is at severe risk and even a few in seats Biden carried by 10 to 15 points could lose — particularly in ‘orphan’ states without competitive statewide races driving turnout,” writes David Wasserman.

The Democrats currently control the House, Senate and the presidency. But come November, the Republicans simply need a net positive of five seats to claim the majority in the House chamber, and just a net of one seat to control the Senate.

The anticipation of a Republican-led “Red Wave” throughout the House and Senate goes deeper than the White House’s sluggish policies.

“While Biden’s poor standing sets the stage for a national election with down ballot consequences, Democrats will try to run dozens of individual races in which their battle-tested incumbents can weather the storm by discrediting GOP candidates,” wrote Nathan Gonzales and Jacob Rubashkin in a recent edition of their Inside Elections newsletter.

“Some Democrats are currently running ahead of Biden’s job rating, but that isn’t sustainable on a broad scale as voters focus on races and realize control of Washington is at stake. Democratic survivors in competitive districts will be the exception rather than the rule.”

Inside Elections lists 21 Democratic seats in its “toss-up” categories or worse, while Republicans have just nine seats in similar peril.

There’s plenty of historical evidence supporting a prediction of the majority party faring poorly in the midterms.

According to Five Thirty-Eight, since World War II, the average loss for a president’s party in the midterms stands at 26 seats. That trend becomes even more untenable when the sitting president has an approval rating of less than 50%.

As Gallup noted in 2018:

“The president’s party almost always suffers a net loss of U.S. House seats in midterm elections. However, losses tend to be much steeper when the president is unpopular. In Gallup’s polling history, presidents with job approval ratings below 50% have seen their party lose 37 House seats, on average, in midterm elections. That compares with an average loss of 14 seats when presidents had approval ratings above 50%.”

The most recent Gallup poll has President Biden’s approval rating at 41%, and he hasn’t been higher than 43% since last August.

The other indicator of midterm gains and losses involves generic balloting.

Last week, The Hill reported that Congressional Democrats were trailing generic Republicans by 8% in battleground districts, citing Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) internal polling.

For that internal survey, Republicans owned a 47% to 39% advantage throughout the month of April.

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Poll: GOP Gains Ground in Generic Ballot Against Dems

A new Rasmussen Reports poll published Friday finds generic GOP congressional candidates continuing to gain ground against the Democrats by another full point if the elections were held today.

According to the new poll, 48% of likely voters would pull the lever for a Republican candidate versus 39% casting ballots for a generic Democrat, an increase of a full point for the GOP in the last month.

The survey of 2,500 likely voters was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC May 15-19 and has a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points, according to the organization.

Eight percent of those surveyed said they were not sure who they would vote for and another 4% said they would vote for someone outside of the two major political parties.

The new polling shows the Republicans with a 9-point lead, compared to the one-point advantage Democrats had heading into the 2018 midterms that saw them control the House of Representatives.

Republicans, however, were able to maintain a majority in the Senate until that chamber spilt evenly after the 2020 elections, giving Democrats the advantage of having Vice President Kamala Harris with any tie-breaking votes.

Among the gains for Republican candidates, the survey found that 45% of unaffiliated voters would cast their ballots for the GOP compared to just 27% for Democrats, 18% remaining undecided, and 10% voting for a third-party candidate.

Support for Democrats within the party is 80%, according to the poll, contrasted with 88% of Republicans supporting their own candidates.

Along racial lines, the new polling found that 54% of whites, 23% of black voters, and 46% of other minorities would support a GOP candidate compared to 36% whites, 60% of black voters, and 38% of other minorities supporting a generic Democrat.

Men were more likely to support the GOP than women, 52% to 45%, and younger voters under 40 were more likely to support a Democrat 44% to 36%, the survey found.

Republicans also lead Democrats by 10% when it comes to income levels with 50% of people supporting the GOP earning between $100,000 to $200,000, compared to 40% supporting Democrats, according to the poll.

Another finding by the survey has the majority of those responding calling themselves “pro-choice” on the abortion question while at the same time saying they support state legislation that would limit how late in a pregnancy an abortion could be performed.

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