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Monmouth Poll: “The economy, stupid”

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Ridgewood NJ, it seems despite being told different by the fake news industrial complex voters agree with James Carville’s famous line , its “the economy ,stupid ”

The economy, stupid” is a phrase that was coined by James Carville in 1992. It is often quoted from a televised quip by Carville as “It’s the economy, stupid.” Carville was a strategist in Bill Clinton‘s successful 1992 presidential campaign against incumbent George H. W. Bush.

According to Monmouth Poll, Economic issues are a bigger factor in this year’s midterm elections than concerns about “rights and democracy”, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll. Democrats prioritize a fairly wide range of issues from climate change to abortion, while Republicans focus on a more limited set including inflation, crime, and immigration. Independents, though, tend to hone in on one issue above all: rising prices. Further dampening Democrats’ prospects are the poor numbers President Joe Biden gets for his performance on the issues most important to independents.

Republicans have made slight gains in the public’s preference for party control of Congress since the summer. Currently, 36% of Americans say they want the GOP in charge and another 11% have no initial preference but lean toward Republican control. Democratic control is preferred by 34% with another 10% leaning toward the Democrats. The combined 47% who choose Republican control is up from 43% in August, while the 44% support level for Democratic control is down from 50%.

 National poll of adults Sept. 21-25, 2022 Very important that preferred party controls Congress 2022 Rep Dem Sep 62% 58% Aug 59% 63% Jun 63% 66% May 61% 67% Mar 64% 59% Jan 56% 61%

A majority (54%) of Americans say it is very important to have their preferred party in control of Congress. This control importance metric is slightly higher among those who want Republicans (62%) than those who want Democrats (58%) leading Congress, which is a flip of the partisan result for this question in last month’s poll. Similarly, those who want Republican leadership (65%) are somewhat more likely than those who want Democrats in charge (58%) to say they are extremely motivated to vote this year.

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“Because the congressional map favors the GOP, Democrats need to do more than ‘keep it close’ in order to hold onto their House majority. One roadblock for them is that the issue picture favors Republicans,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.




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National poll; Sep 21-25, 2022

The poll asked about the importance of 12 issue areas for the federal government to address. Those rated either extremely or very important by the largest number of Americans include inflation (82%), crime (72%), elections and voting (70%), jobs and unemployment (68%), and immigration (67%). The next tier of issue concerns includes transportation and energy infrastructure (57%), abortion (56%), racial inequality (53%), gun control (51%), and climate change (49%). The least important issues for federal government action right now are the Covid pandemic (32%) and student loan debt (31%). About 8 in 10 Republicans put inflation, crime, and immigration at the top of their issue list. A similar number of Democrats prioritize climate change, racial inequality, elections and voting, gun control, and abortion, with about 3 in 4 also giving emphasis to jobs and inflation. However, the only issue which more than 3 in 4 independents place high importance on is inflation. Additionally, independents are more concerned about overall economic issues along with crime and immigration than they are by other issues.

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When asked which group of issues is more important in their support for Congress this year, concerns about the economy and cost of living (54%) outpace concerns about fundamental rights and democratic processes (38%) among all Americans. Republicans prioritize the economy (71%), while Democrats prioritize rights (67%). Independents are more likely to give preference to economic issues (61%) than concerns about rights and democracy (29%).

“Democrats are all over the place when it comes to their key issues. This makes it difficult for the party to create a cohesive messaging strategy to motivate its base. Republicans, on the other hand, just have to hammer away at rising prices and ‘the wolf is at the door’ to get their voters riled up,” said Murray. He added, “A major problem for Democrats is their base messaging doesn’t hold as much appeal for independents as the GOP issue agenda does. Even though truly persuadable independents are a rather small group these days, this small difference can have a major impact given the expectation that congressional control will hinge on a handful of very close contests.”

Perception of President Biden’s performance on these key issues is not helping the Democratic cause. The only issue where he gets a net positive rating is handling the Covid pandemic (50% approve and 47% disapprove) – which is one of the public’s lowest priority issues right now. Only 3 in 10 Americans approve of the job Biden has done on the nation’s top concern – inflation (30%) – as well as other concerns that Republicans are focused on – i.e., crime (32%) and immigration (31%). Biden also gets similarly low marks on abortion (31%) and gun control (30%) – two issues that are important to Democrats. About 4 in 10 approve of the president’s performance on other issues covered in the poll.

Democrats are about twice as likely as independents – and many multiples more likely than Republicans – to give Biden high marks for handling each of these issues. Still, Democrats are relatively less prone to approve of the president’s performance on crime, inflation, abortion, immigration, and gun control – between 61% and 69% – when compared with the other seven issues covered in the poll. Biden gets between 77% and 82% approval from his fellow Democrats on these issues, except for Covid where he earns nearly universal approval (91%).

“Obviously, the Republicans are hitting away at issues where Biden – and by extension the Democratic Party – is weakest. But it’s also worth noting that Biden does not provide a rallying point for Democratic voters on some of the issues, such as abortion, that his party is leaning on to motivate its own base,” said Murray.


About half the public (49%) say Biden is doing worse than they thought he would as president, 21% say he is doing better, and 28% say he has accomplished about what they thought he would. The president’s overall job rating remains negative, but stable. Currently, 38% approve of the job Biden is doing while 54% disapprove. His approval rating in Monmouth’s polling through 2022 has hovered between 36% and 39%, while his disapproval rating has ranged from 54% to 58%. The president gets an 84% approval rating from his fellow Democrats, but only 28% among independents and 6% among Republicans. Biden last held a net positive rating in July 2021 (48% approve and 44% disapprove).

In other poll findings, Congress earns a negative 23% approve and 66% disapprove job rating, which is up from its recent low of 15% to 78% in June. The increase in congressional job approval has come mainly from Democrats (50% now, up from 30% in June). Just 23% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction, while 74% say it has gotten off on the wrong track. The current results mark a return to ratings from earlier in the year after bottoming out at 10% right direction and 88% wrong track in June. This shift is due mainly to a relatively better outlook among Democrats (49% right direction, up from 18% in June).

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from September 21 to 25, 2022 with 806 adults in the United States.  The question results in this release have a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.


6 thoughts on “Monmouth Poll: “The economy, stupid”

  1. James,

    Can we have a few stories on the positions of those running for council.
    I’m not really sure who I like….I know who I don’t!

    1. tomorrow we start

  2. October 19th – 7:00 p.m

    Ridgewood Village Hall Court Room – The League of Women Voters sponsors a Candidates’ Night for Candidates for Village Council

    Come and listen to the candidates for Village Council answer questions posed by the League of Women Voters.

    1. Will residents have an opportunity to ask questions or just softball questions from LWV to SW

      1. Just slanted softball questions designed to prop up their preferred candidates.

  3. Let’s hope the economy is the deciding factor for the mid-terms.

    If so, the Dems are in trouble. Deep trouble. Right here in River City.

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