A newshows Democrats and with double-digit leads over their Republican rivals, even as approval ratings remain underwater with voters in a key 2022 battleground state.
In the state’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race,, the current lieutenant governor, leads Republican , a celebrity physician, 43% to 30%. But the race tightens to 45-36% when people who are leaning toward a particular candidate are included.
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“Neithernor is particularly well liked among voters and both are lagging with independents,” pollster said in a statement. “If they can refocus their races to be mostly about the economy, though, they have a path to victory. But it is also notable that Democrats are more interested in the mid-term races now than they were in May.”
Despite recent gains, the poll still points to some structural problems for Democrats and, with more than two in five (43%) respondents saying they are “worse off” financially than a year ago.
“Many Republicans and conservatives say they are ‘worse off’ than last year, but a quarter of Democrats [24%] and almost half of independents [47%] also say they are ‘worse off’ financially,” the poll notes.
About a third of respondents (34%) say they believeis doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president — a rating that’s unchanged since the last poll in May. Republicans hold a statistically insignificant 44-42% lead on the so-called “generic ballot” pitting a hypothetical GOP candidate against a hypothetical Democrat.
“The electoral environment favors Republicans because the economy is still a concern,job ratings are low, and people remain mostly concerned about their finances and the economy,” said. “Since this environment clearly favors Republicans, the main considerations this fall will likely turn on the experience and qualities of the candidates.”
The poll, conducted from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21, sampled the opinions of 522 registered voters. The sample includes 234 Democrats, 214 Republicans, and 74 independents. The margin of error was 5.3%.
John Micek is the Editor in Chief of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, where this story first appeared.