According to recent polls, the GOP’s numbers seem to be improving, thus making them feel better with regard to the midterm election prospects. Here’s President Trump speaking earlier this week in Virginia, during a joint Senate House Republicans retreat, touting the alleged shift in public sentiment which was reflected by recent polls:
I just looked at some numbers, you’ve even done better than you thought.
said the POTUS, referring to poll numbers from Thursday that were discussed with National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Steve Stivers. After conferring with the President, Steve Stevers told reporters the increase in Trump’s approval ratings are a good omen for GOP members running for reelection in the midterms.
The numbers are pretty good and that’s one example of how things are getting better. No president in their second year has seen their approval rating go up except now this one.
said Chairman Stivers. President Trump’s optimism is based on a presentation given to lawmakers last Wednesday by Pollsters David Winston and Myra Miller of the Winston Group, the “Middle Class Americans’ Views of the Tax Plan: The Opportunity for 2018” respectively. According to the poll released Wednesday by Monmouth University, the POTUS’ approval ratings bumped ten points compared to the previous month, while the DEMs advantage on the generic ballot had shrunk to two percentage points, after the same poll showed Democrats back in December to have a 15 point advantage. The question about the generic ballot asks potential voters if they would be more likely to vote for a GOP or a DEM candidate in their own district, and it’s considered to be relevant as an indicator of public opinion for the midterm elections. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) was quoted as saying about this issue:
“The numbers for or against Republicans in different states have moved dramatically favorable, where two months ago there was a much lower rating. There were about four or five polls they listed out.”
Republicans were getting desperate after their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare in the second half of last year, and their political future in the midterms looked bleak, as their failure raised doubts in the hearts of voters over President Trump’s ability to deliver his campaign promises by working with such an inept Congress. Everything’s about winning and delivering on promises. Let’s hope the GOP learned their lesson.