Monday, May 8, 2017
Could Democrats Be Improving Their Standing?
Poll shows more Americans want Dems in Congress, but there’s a catch
Former House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) talks to reporters with fellow Democrats from both the House and Senate, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Democrats might feel encouraged by a poll released Monday showing that more Americans want the left side of the aisle to control Congress than they want Republicans, but there’s a big catch that will dampen their spirits.
The poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News shows that 47% of Americans want Democrats to control the Congress, while only 43% want Republicans to control it. The rebound might be as a result of some of the failures in the first 100 days of the Trump administration, but Democrats shouldn’t celebrate too much.
While Democrats have a four-point edge at this very early stage, their advantage still falls short of the double-digit lead they held on the same question shortly before their big electoral victories in 2006 and 2008.
The greatest positive Democrats have is the continued popularity of former President Obama. According to the poll 52% of Americans have a positive view of the ex-president while only 33% have an unfavorable view.
That means the head of the Democratic party, despite it’s massive recent failures, is much more popular than the head of the Republican party, even though he won his election, and the party won both branches of government chosen by election. President Trump is 11 points underwater in favorability, with 39% positive towards him, and 50% negative towards him.
Meanwhile, Vice President Pence has nearly equal support (38%) as he has detractors among Americans (39%). Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump has support of 33% of Americans with 31% against her.
And House Speaker Paul Ryan fares the worst of all – his favorability gap has dropped by 17 points from February to 22% supporting him and 40% saying they have a bad impression of him.