Polling darkens for Democrats days before the midterm elections

With the midterm elections just two weeks away, the political landscape is getting darker and darker for Democrats. 

Underscoring the challenges facing the party, a new NBC poll found that a record 50 percent of voters think the economy will get worse over the next year.

Polls darken for Dems

That figure is the highest since NBC began polling the question in 1994. The poll also found that more than 70 percent of voters think the country is on the wrong track for the sixth time in the last seven polls. The number briefly dipped down below 70 percent in September before shooting back up.

The bounce is in keeping with larger national trends that bode poorly for Democrats, who have rapidly lost momentum in recent weeks as a backlash over abortion fades and voters remain preoccupied with their pocketbooks and crime.

The Washington Post conceded that Democrats “fear the midterm map is slipping away,” with Republicans showing unexpected strength in liberal strongholds like New York.

“The entire issue set is working against us. It is really hard for a Democrat in a marginal district,” a Democrat House strategist said anonymously.

“There was a lot of attention on abortion immediately post-Dobbs. As time has passed the immediacy has dissipated. The everyday reality of buying gas and buying groceries has overtaken it.”

Momentum shift

The non-partisan Cook Political Report is now rating the race for New York’s 17th district a “toss-up,” in a troubling shift for Dems.

The 17th district went for Biden by 10 points in 2020 and is currently represented by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Sean Patrick Maloney.

The unelected Democrat governor of crime-plagued New York state, Kathy Hochul, is also dangerously close to being unseated by Republican challenger Lee Zeldin. New York has not had a Republican governor in almost 20 years.

In Pennsylvania, Republican senate candidate Dr. Oz has closed the gap in his critical bellwether race against John Fetterman, and Republicans have also gained a significant advantage in generic ballot polling.

Democrats are responding to these headwinds by bragging about the economy and doubling down on their crazy woke agenda. It’s almost like they’re trying to lose.