With just 50 days until the highly anticipated midterm elections, voters trust the Republican Party over Democrats to best handle the key issues that they say are most likely to determine the outcome, according to a new national poll.
The latest NBC poll of registered voters found that nearly 60% of voters reported that a candidate’s position on cost of living is the most important factor when considering who they will vote for this fall, compared to just 37% who said a candidate’s stance on abortion is the most important factor.
Those results bode well for Republicans. By a large margin, Republicans are viewed by voters as better equipped than Democrats to handle economic issues, 47% to 28%.
The poll found that 20% of registered voters believe that threats to the democracy are the most concerning issues currently facing the country. This comes after President Biden claimed in several recent speeches that “MAGA Republicans” are a “threat to the democracy,” while also comparing their philosophy to “semi-fascism.”
The same NBC poll found that Republicans and Democrats are tied on the generic congressional ballot, 46% to 46%. The results revealed a slight narrowing in favor of the Democrats compared to an August poll, also from NBC, that reported the GOP led the Democrats 47% to 45%.
The cost of living was the top concern to 18% of voters, followed by jobs and the economy at 16%. Immigration and the crisis along the southern border ranked at 12%. Fewer than 10% of respondents identified abortion as the top issue facing the country.
President Joe Biden‘s job approval stood at 45% among registered voters, up three percentage points since August.
Despite a slight boost in his national job approval rating, 58% disapprove of his handling of the economy after the Consumer Price Index (CPI) came out with their annual inflation report that revealed inflation rose to 8.3% in August. After over 2 million illegal immigrants encounters along the southern border this fiscal year, almost 55% of voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of the border.
The NBC News survey was conducted from Sept. 9-13, 2022, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.