(USA Features) When many independents cast ballots for President Joe Biden last year, they thought they were getting a proven moderate who claimed he wanted to bring the country together and “unite” competing political factions.
But what they got instead was a leader increasingly committed to a far-left political agenda that is now alienating many of those same voters and likely to push them over to Republicans during the 2022 midterm election cycle, according to comprehensive polling conducting behind the scenes for Just the News by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Gingrich, “who crafted the Contract with America that upset Washington’s political status quo a quarter century ago, has quietly been conducting one of the most extensive polling operations ever of swing voters ahead of the 2022 election. His takeaway: Democrats’ big government, race-focused and America-disparaging agenda could bust the fragile coalition that put Joe Biden in power last November,” the outlet noted Thursday.
According to Gingrich’s polling, most Americans literally disagree with nearly all of Biden’s and Democrats’ policy priorities.
“His polling, shared with Just the News, shows Americans overwhelmingly think the United States is the greatest county in history, prefer free-market capitalism to big government socialism, reject the premise of critical race theory that skin color is a predeterminant to success, and oppose defunding the police,” the news agency said, adding: “In other words, Democrats have overreached with an agenda that this week alone will put $4.5 trillion in government expansion on the table in Congress with a series of critical Biden agenda votes.”
Gingrich responded to the results in a manner suggesting that Democrats, if they stay the current course, are in trouble come November 2022.
“With Biden’s election, the left went crazy,” Gingrich recently told the John Solomon Reports podcast.
“They totally misunderstood what had happened [in 2020], and they decided this was their moment to go out and be who they really are, which for most Americans is pretty horrifying, frankly,” the former House Speaker from Georgia said.
“And the result was they took a series of steps that I think are unsustainable.”
Gingrich says he’s taking the data, which was gathered by John McLaughlin, a pollster for Donald Trump, in August, and presenting it to Republicans on what language they should use with voters as they prepare for 2022 elections. “His top advice: Relentlessly draw a distinction between the ‘free-market capitalism’ touted by conservatives and the ‘big government socialism’ inherent in the Biden plan,” Just the News notes.
“You need all six words,” he cautioned. “If it’s capitalism versus socialism, capitalism wins, but not by a decisive margin. But if it’s free-market capitalism versus big government socialism, it’s a 59% to 16% issue. And that changes everything.”
And interestingly, Gingrich’s polling focused exclusively on so-called “swing voters,” those who vote alternately for Republicans and Democrats:
In that voter world, all the current talking down and disparagement of America on the left comes with a huge political price, he said. That’s because 84% of swing voters believe that “the United States of America is the greatest country on earth,” and they prefer free-market capitalism to big government socialism by an 82% to 18% margin.
Similarly, 69% of swing voters agreed that “the big government socialists are taking over from the traditional moderate Democrats and now define the Democratic Party,” compared to just 31% percent who disagreed.
Getting rid of cops or defunding police as part of the social justice movement? That didn’t fare well either: 68% of swing voters declared police need more funding and training, while only 31% believed funding should be redirected from police to social services. Similarly, 69% said they believed the recent spike in violent crime was caused by the “undermining of law and order and disrespect of our police officers.”
In addition, there was strong opposition to critical race theory, which many Democrats are pushing and supporting in public schools as well as in the corporate world.
In all, 80% of swing voters responded that they want schools to “teach young people to treat people the same no matter their skin color,” while only 20% thought young people should be taught “to consider people’s racial experience in how they treat people.”
Gingrich told Just the News the message in the swing voter polls needs to be “driven home until it becomes the brand of the New Democratic Party, which is a Bernie Sanders, big government socialist party.”