More Than 1.7 Million Americans Switch To Vote Republican Ahead Of Midterms

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President Joe Biden’s popularity has been on a steady downward spiral ever since he took office.

His White House has been plagued with disaster after disaster, from Covid 19, the price of gasoline at the pump, the border situation, mass murders, protests, not to mention inflation.

Biden’s administration has scrambled to address skyrocketing gas prices, as well as inflation that sits at a 40-year high and shows no signs of slowing down.

Members of Biden’s own party have criticized the White House’s response to the economic crises, saying he is being too passive.

“I support the president’s efforts, but we need a bolder vision and faster action,” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times earlier in June.

“To meet the moment, Mr. Biden should convene an emergency task force empowered to lower prices and address shortages. We need an all-out mobilization, not just a few ad hoc initiatives reacting to headlines,” he added.

But it seems not just Joe Biden is unpopular.

Democrats in general have lost their appeal to some voters.

For instance, Vice-President Kamala Harris has been the first woman to assume that office, and one would think a designation such as that would spark remarkable and popular standing.

Not so much.

In January, BBC looked at Harris’ journey in the office with an article titled, “Where did it go wrong for her?”

According to Cliff Young, president of US Public Affairs at the polling firm Ipsos, the forces pulling Ms Harris down are the same as those plaguing her boss – the Covid pandemic and the economy. If Mr. Biden’s approval rebounds because Americans feel like those problems are being addressed, Mr Young said, her popularity will improve as well, BBC wrote.

Well, that hasn’t happened.

It is probably no coincidence that Ms. Harris’ descent into negative approval ratings began when the whole of the immigration issue was hung around her neck, BBC continued.

She has also been tasked with enacting national voting reform. Following the 2020 presidential election, some Republican-controlled states have passed laws cutting back efforts to make voting easier, like voting by mail and ballot drop boxes. It became Ms Harris’ job to shepherd national reforms that would pre-empt these state-level actions through Congress.

But evidence that there is something wrong at the top is hard to dismiss.

With unified Republican opposition and intransigence from some Democrats, however, the vice-president’s efforts have been doomed to failure. The recent administration push on the subject is only making the futility of the effort more apparent – and being associated with futility is not a recipe for political success.

A former staffer had this to say, “With Kamala you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence,” the former staffer said. “So you’re constantly sort of propping up a bully, and it’s not really clear why,” BBC wrote.

Still, one would think that with the unpopularity of President Biden and his administration, another Democrat or Democrats would become the popular choice.

But, no one is filling that slot in a big way.

Instead, some voters are looking in another direction.

That direction is the Republican Party

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel attributed the big gains for her party to “Biden’s gas hike, the open border crisis, baby formula shortage and rising crime.”

“Biden and Democrats are woefully out of touch with the American people, and that’s why voters are flocking to the Republican Party in droves,” McDaniel told Fox News Digital in a statement. “American suburbs will trend red for cycles to come.”

The GOP is benefiting most in the suburbs of large and medium cities, where voters who supported President Joe Biden in 2020 are struggling with inflation and growing increasingly critical of Democratic social issues, according to an analysis from The Associated Press.

More than one million U.S. voters have switched their party affiliation to the GOP over the past 12 months, painting a grim picture for Democrats in the 2022 midterms.

Voter registration data analyzed by the Associated Press showed that ‘roughly 1.7 million voters have changed their voter affiliation since President Joe Biden Took office, with about two-thirds of those crossing over to the Republican Party. Overall, 1 million switched to the GOP compared to just 630,000 who registered as Democrats.”

The data analyzed by AP came from L2, a political data firm, which suggested that almost 1.7 million voters that switched party affiliations came from 42 states across the country over the last 12 months. L2 gathered this data by combining state voter records and statistical modeling, the Washington Examiner reported.

While not the final nail in the coffin for Democrats, the voter trend is yet another indicator that Republicans stand to make large gains in Congress and state governments across the country in November, Fox News reported.

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