Midterm 2022 Elections: Stakes Are High In Red And Blue States, Economy Tops US Voters Important Issues
WASHINGTON, DC, November 4, 2022— The stakes are high in the Red and Blue States for the 2022 midterm elections. The Democrats are warning democracy itself is at stake as several Republican candidates repeat facts about the failed polices of the Biden’s administration that has lead to inflation, high gas prices and cost of living. The Democrats have also failed to take up legislation to secure the borders and to fund the police.
The left is hoping the reversal of Roe v Wade will help galvanize voters in Michigan among minority communities.
In a Gallup Poll the American economy issues outweighs any issue to voters for voting in the 2022 Midterm congressional, state, county and local elections this year.
Economy’s Importance in 2022 Exceeds Most Prior Midterm Years
According Gallop’s Poll “at 49%, the percentage of Americans now rating the economy as extremely important to their vote is still higher than Gallup has found in its final pre-election surveys in almost all prior midterm election years since 2002. The exception was in 2010, a time of high unemployment following the 2007-2009 recession, when 63% rated the economy an extremely important issue.”
According to Gallup, “while many aspects of the economy could factor into voters’ assessment of its importance, continued high inflation is likely paramount. Inflation and mentions of the economy in general constitute the main economic concerns Americans have been citing each month this year when asked to name the most important problem facing the country.”
The Democratic Party’s main issue has not resignated among some conservative voters.
Kansas voters opted against overturning a state constitutional right to an abortion on Aug. 2, 2022. A few days later, Indiana lawmakers banned nearly all abortions.
Both are conservative-leaning states that supported President Donald Trump’s reelection bid by near-identical margins in 2020 – 56.1% to 41.5% in Kansas and 57% to 41% in Kansas and 57% to 41% in Indiana. So what explains the different outcomes?
Economy Is Top Issue for Republicans, Independents; Abortion for Democrats
While the economy is the most important issue for voters nationally, partisans don’t put equal weight on it. Rather, it leads Republicans’ and independents’ issue priority lists while it is a mid-tier issue for Democrats. Abortion ranks first on the Democrats’ list, closely followed by climate change.
The top three election issues for Republicans are the economy, immigration and crime; for independents, the economy, abortion and crime; and for Democrats, abortion, climate change and gun policy.