A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll from April shows that President Trump’s support is waning while Democrats are gaining popularity, reports Mike Calia of CNBC. Among Republicans, his approval rating slid from 84% to 79% since last month. Sixty-six percent of Democrats reported a high level of interest in voting, while only 49% of Republicans said the same. Crucially for the midterms, approval among independents shrunk from 45% to 39%. These trends mirror the buildup to the 2010 midterms when Barack Obama’s waning popularity resulted in the GOP taking over Congress. Similarly, Democrats weren’t as keen on voting as Republicans were.
Democrats’ lead over Republicans in polls is dwindling, and their supporters may not be able to carry them to victory in the midterms, believes Julie Kelly of The Federalist. In particular, Democrats’ focus on issues like gun laws and immigration have alienated a large portion of the country. Almost 75% of Americans think that illegal immigration from Mexico is a major issue. Big topics like Trump’s tax laws and tariffs on China were not as controversial as Democrats had hoped. In fact, many potential voters are crediting him for the revival of the US economy. Suburban voters, who lean red, are set to have higher turnouts than urban ones.