A new CBS News survey released on Sunday indicated that Republicans will likely win control of the House of Representatives after the November midterm elections
But it was the economic concerns forecasted by the data which may prove much worse news for President Joe Biden in the long run.
Between October 12th and 14th, the CBS/YouGov Battleground Tracker poll polled 2068 registered voters, asking them a variety of questions about the forthcoming elections, whether or not they were pleased with the way the country was headed, and the status of the economy.
A new CBS News poll shows Republicans are still favored to capture the House, with an estimated 224-seat majority. Democrats had been narrowing the gap, but that momentum has stalled. @debraalfarone is in Washington with details. pic.twitter.com/cTeZ3fntvA
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 16, 2022
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the worst news for Democrats came from questions regarding the economy, when 65% of those polled claimed the US economy was getting worse, compared to only 15% who thought it was getting better.
Another 20% of those questioned believed the economy will remain unchanged.
Another sharp increase in gas prices seems to have begun to be reflected in respondent’s political attitudes as well: 63% of respondents indicated gas prices in their location were rising, while only 13% said they were falling.
In August, 53% predicted that gas prices would fall, while just 16% predicted that they would rise.
The majority of those questioned said the Democrats and Democratic-led policies were a contributing factor to the situation.
Nearly half of respondents (48%) felt Democratic policies damaged the economy, while slightly under one-third (29%) said they aided it.
Almost two-thirds of respondents (45%) said President Biden held “a lot” (45%) or “some” (26%) blame for the present status of the economy.
In addition more than one-third (42%) said Republican policies would likely help the economy.
The Biden administration and its Democratic allies in Congress, when pressed about declining economic conditions, have repeatedly attempted to change the subject while on the campaign trail to issues they feel are more favorable to the Democratic party, such as the repeal of Roe vs. Wade.