New Poll Signals Change in Voter Priorities

New Poll Signals Change in Voter Priorities

( – 2020 may have been a year of transition for America as it’s still reeling from four years of political malpractice by Democrats during the Trump years. America faced a new pandemic for the first time in a hundred years, and many struggled to understand why Democratic governors couldn’t balance public safety, Constitutional liberties, and livelihoods during the first year of the pandemic. As America prepares to enter the third year of living with COVID-19, voters continue to express their frustrations after politicians refused to listen to their concerns.

In 2021, Virginia and New Jersey finally had a say in their state government leadership. In Virginia, voters ran Democrats out of the governor’s mansion, lieutenant governorship, and the statehouse. In one of America’s deepest blue states, New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy barely survived. A longtime state Senate leader lost to a Republican truck driver with no party support on a campaign of less than $1,000. Now, a new poll is out that ought to send shockwaves through the Democratic Party as optimism among the GOP grows heading into the 2022 midterm elections.

New Poll Shows Voter Concerns Aren’t Aligning With Democratic Agenda

While Democrats continue to focus on their semi-socialist partisan proposals, carving out the filibuster, and advocating for a federal hijacking of elections, voters aren’t in tune with their elected Democratic officials in Washington, DC. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that voters are focused on issues most important to their day-to-day lives and that the pandemic is of less concern today than it was a year ago.

While the pandemic recedes in the minds of voters, they continue to express concerns about the economy, inflation, immigration, and gun rights issues. At the bottom of the list are the bread and butter of the Democratic Party – racism and racial inequality.

Let’s take a quick look at how the poll measures the issues:

  • COVID-19 dropped 16 points from a year ago to 37%
  • The economy is the top concern of voters at 68%
  • Immigration increased 14 points from 2021 to 32%
  • Personal finances jumped 12 points in one year to 24%
  • Climate change dropped 3 points to 21%
  • Education held steady at 19%
  • Racism/racial inequality dropped 9 points to 15

Democratic Agenda Isn’t Aligning With Voter Issues

On Tuesday, January 11, President Joe Biden headed to Georgia to talk about voter rights issues to falsely argue that the GOP is trying to suppress minority voters. While the Democrats continue to make headlines for the wrong issues, it could play right into the GOP’s hands.

As it stands, pollsters and political analysts believe the GOP will take back the House and possibly the Senate in November. If Democrats continue to govern and campaign like they did in Virginia and New Jersey last year, it could create a doomsday scenario for them and a mandate for the GOP.

It’s a long way off before the November elections. Yet, Democrats appear more intent to argue for racial equity and Critical Race Theory than creating good economic policies that benefit all Americans. If things don’t turn around by summer, the GOP trend may not be reversible for Democrats.

Stay tuned. It’s going to be an interesting year ahead.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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