Senate Democrats are increasingly alarmed by poor poll numbers and are looking for a better strategy to sell. President BidenJoe BidenBiden will speak on the economy on Tuesday, with the Fed election looming, the NAACP chair calling Rittenhouse’s verdict ‘a warning shot that vigilante justice is allowed’ Optimistic Democrats as the bill from social spending goes to the Senate MOREthe climate and social spending agenda, which Republicans are attacking as a wave of far-left taxes and spending.
The party also feels that Republicans are killing it politically over culture war issues after Democrats lost the Virginia gubernatorial race, which depended in part on critical race theory.
Chairperson of the Senate Democratic Steering Committee Amy klobucharAmy Klobuchar The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Gosar Censored as Republican Drama Intensifies Balance / Sustainability – Presented by Southern Company – Native Solar Power Startups See Business as Activism Religious Institutions Say Infrastructure Funds Will Help modeling sustainability MORE (D-Minn.) He arranged a meeting with Democratic pollsters Wednesday to review surprisingly strong Republican performance in Virginia and New Jersey. A person familiar with the meeting said the message from some of the pollsters was an alarming wake-up call.
“Their level of concern is extremely high,” the source said of what senators heard from pollsters David Dixon, Pete Brodnitz, Geoff Garin, Anita dunnAnita DunnAides Tries to Keep Biden Away from Unforeseen Events or Lengthy Interviews, Claims Book White House Presents Democrats on Messaging Strategy for Biden’s Agenda White House: Clean Energy Tax Credits, Electricity Standard Are Priorities for the reconciliation package PLUS and María Teresa Kumar.
The clear implication of the presentation is that Senate Democrats are in grave danger of losing their majority next year if they don’t change bitter public sentiment.
“It’s almost like the Reagan revolution,” the Democratic source said of how successful Republicans are in portraying Democrats as out of step with dominant cultural values.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showed 46 percent of registered voters say they would prefer Republicans to control the Senate, while 42 percent said they want a Democratic majority in the Senate.
Biden’s falling approval numbers are also cause for concern. An average of national polls compiled by FiveThirtyEight.com shows that Biden’s approval rating is only 42.5 percent, while his disapproval rating is 51.8 percent.
Cook’s nonpartisan Political Report on Friday shifted three Senate races to Republicans. The respected handicapper now calls races in Arizona, Georgia and Nevada a losing streak after previously seeing Democrats as minor favorites in those states.
The Senate is split 50-50, which means that a Republican net gain of one seat would Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Republican Senator: Decisions on the bills weren’t made based on whether they hurt or help Trump or Biden Schumer-McConnell reduce the debt ceiling drama Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – Senate Rejects Defense Bill MORE (R-Ky.) The new majority leader.
While Republicans are ramping up their base, Democratic voters have been demoralized by their infighting over Biden’s agenda on Capitol Hill, Democratic pollsters and lawmakers warn.
Democratic senators lament that much of Washington’s media coverage this year has focused on the battles between progressives and centrists Sens. Joe manchinJoe ManchinTlaib ‘fears’ as social spending plan heads to optimistic Senate Democrats as social spending bill heads to Senate Ocasio-Cortez: spending plan must pass soon or it will be ‘difficult’ to Democratic leaders ‘get votes on anything’ MORE (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten SinemaTlaib ‘fears’ as social spending plan heads to Senate Sinema:’ Keep telling me what you think. I appreciate it ‘Republican Senator: Democrats can only get funding for’ gift programs’ from the middle class MORE (D-Ariz.) In place of the substantive proposals on Biden’s agenda, like the expanded child tax credit and new funding for child care and pre-kindergarten.
“The Democratic base is very frustrated and very depressed by our inability to get things done,” said a Democratic senator, who requested anonymity to discuss growing anguish within the caucus over the party’s weak poll numbers.
The lawmaker said the political momentum Democrats gained earlier in the year by passing the $ 1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan has faded and that it is critical that Congress pass Biden’s Build Back Better agenda before the end of anus.
“The American Rescue Plan has disappeared. That was a million years ago, ”the senator added.
However, the lawmaker expressed hope that the $ 1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Biden signed into law on Monday, would begin to boost the party’s poll numbers.
Klobuchar told The Hill that the numbers are not as bad as some of his colleagues make it sound. He also said that the best way to get better results in polls is to pass meaningful legislation.
“We are just talking about how we are going to send the message. Above all, it was about rebuilding better, ”he said.
He said the main lesson from the recent political setbacks in Virginia and New Jersey, where Democrats had a big scare in the gubernatorial race, is that Democrats must “get things done.”
“Unlike the other party, when things happen with the electorate, we look at what we are doing instead of trying to change our voters, which is what they are doing with their voter suppression,” he said, referring to more than 200 laws. that Republicans have proposed in more than 40 states since losing the White House and Senate in the 2020 election to limit early and mail-in voting and Election Day voting.
Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster, said the elections in Virginia and New Jersey showed a significant enthusiasm gap between Republican and Democratic voters.
“We learned that Republicans can boost their turnout even without Trump on the ballot or in the state, and that’s a very serious lesson,” he said.
Lake said Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn youngkinGlenn YoungkinOcasio-Cortez on Virginia gubernatorial race: ‘We weren’t welcome to pitch’ Republicans eager to take on Spanberger in Virginia Was education really the issue of the Republican Party’s winning wedge? School board elections tell a different story MORE he managed to campaign centrist for suburban voters while sounding “dog whistles” on cultural issues to stimulate Republican grassroots voters in rural areas.
“They do this very effectively by running a two-tier campaign. Youngkin ran like Mr. Rogers to the red sweater to suburban women on TV and then on social media. [base Republican voters] by using all the dog whistling policy and the right wing politics that they get involved in, ”he said.
A major problem emerging for Democrats is that independent voters don’t feel they are doing well financially, even though unemployment is falling and wages are rising.
“Biden’s defectors, independent voters, white women with no college education really feel that things are not going well for their families and they really want to know what we as Democrats are going to do for them and they want us to do it, – Lake said.
While nonfarm payrolls increased by 531,000 in October, breaking the expectation for a 450,000 increase in new jobs, consumer confidence is falling.
Democrats say that’s why it’s critical that they do a better job of explaining to voters how Biden’s climate and social spending agenda will improve their lives.
White House Chief of Staff Ron KlainRon KlainBiden briefly transfers power to Harris as he gets a colonoscopy The memo: Democrats may regret the persecution of Bannon Manchin, Biden’s plan not sure it will address inflation MORE and Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer Voters need to feel the benefit, not just hear the message Standoff scraps a quick settlement on the Senate defense bill before Thanksgiving Defund Biden: the only way to put America on a budget MORE (DN.Y.) are emphasizing the argument that the Build Back Better Act will reduce inflation and help subsidize the costs faced by American families.
Chairperson of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Debbie stabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann Stabenow Ford Announces Plans to Increase Electric Vehicle Production to 600K by 2023 Biden, Senior Officials Distribute to Promote Infrastructure Package Time to Give Medicare Beneficiaries the Recovery Opportunity and Option in the home MORE (Michigan), who listened to the recent pollsters presentation, said a major factor driving voter dissatisfaction is COVID fatigue.
“I would just say that everyone is going through a lot with COVID and supply chains are breaking down,” he said. “There are such challenges. We have never been through a pandemic before.
“There is no doubt that it all goes back to what happened with COVID,” he added. “Everything is related to what happens when schools are closed and a global economy.
“It is very difficult. We are all concerned about the children, our grandchildren and we are still trying to get people to get vaccinated,” he explained.