The majority of registered voters who are most concerned about immigration, the economic climate and crime would vote for a Republican candidate this fall, according to a poll that also found the majority of Hispanic voters disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of the presidency.
A Pew Research Center poll revealed among the 18 issues surveyed, inflation is a top concern to 79% of registered voters ahead of the midterms. Only 17% of respondents said that the economy is in good shape, while 82% said that economic conditions are poor.
Seven in ten registered voters said that the future of the democracy was a very important issue.
According to the poll, 57% of respondents who were very concerned about immigration said that a Republican candidate would best handle the crisis at the border, after approximately 2 million migrants crossed the border this fiscal year.
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The poll also found that 47% of registered voters who said the economy is a very important issue would like to see a Republican representing their district to tackle inflation and rising costs. National inflation rose to 8.2% in September, remaining at a 40-year-high since June.
Republicans were also the party of choice to 50% of those who were most concerned about violent crime in their states.
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Among those who view abortion as a very important midterm issue, 55% would lean towards voting for a Democrat candidate. Democrats also lead among the respondents who felt that the future of the democracy and health care were very important issues.
President Joe Biden received a job approval rating of only 38% and a disapproval rating of almost 60% in the national poll. Biden’s approval rating saw a major decline in recent months, after a Pew Research poll found the president’s approval among registered voters stood at 43% in March.
The majority of registered Hispanic voters, 50%, disapprove of Biden’s handling of the presidency, compared to 46% who approve of the Democrat. Among all those surveyed, 59% disapproved of Biden while 38% approved of his job as president.
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The national survey was conducted from Oct. 10 – 16 with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.7 percentage points.