A majority of Americans believe that Republicans are far better at improving the U.S. economy and taking care of the country than Democrats, which isn’t likely to help Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
According to Gallup, Americans (50% to 41%) believe the Republican Party is better at ensuring prosperity than the Democrat Party, and a majority, 54% to 39%, thinks the GOP is better at handling terrorism, national security than the Democrats.
Gallup asked, “Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will do a better job of keeping the country prosperous?”
In response, 50% said the Republican Party and 41% said the Democrat Party.
“[T]here has been a seven-point drop in the percentage of Americans who say the Democratic Party is better able to keep the U.S. prosperous, from 48% to 41%,” reported Gallup. “Now, 50% say the Republican Party is better, compared with 47% in 2020.”
“The last time that at least half of U.S. adults said the Republicans were better at keeping the country prosperous was in 1989, although there have been several measures of 48% or 49% since then,” said the polling firm.
Regarding national security, Gallup asked, “Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will do a better job of protecting the country from international terrorism and military threats?”
Fifty-four percent of Americans answer “the Republican Party.” Only 39% said the “Democratic Party.”
“The 39% of Americans saying the Democratic Party will do a better job in the next few years of protecting the U.S. from terrorism and other international threats is down significantly from 46% last year,” reported Gallup.
“[T]he 15-point gap in favor of the GOP this year is the largest since a 16-point advantage in 2015,” Gallup noted. “The party had an even larger 23-point gap in 2014, a time when the Obama administration was struggling to deal with the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and renewed Middle East violence, among other issues.”
“Americans now generally see the Republican Party as better than the Democratic Party at handling two key government objectives — protecting citizens from international threats and promoting a strong economy,” the polling firm concluded.
Democrat success in next year’s midterms “hinges on the popularity of the incumbent president at the time of the election,” said Gallup.
“With Joe Biden in office and his approval rating slumping, unless it improves substantially over the next year, Republicans would likely gain seats in Congress in next year’s elections, and control of one or both chambers of Congress.”