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Voter Trust in Democrats Sinks to New Lows With 6 Months Until Midterms

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) / Getty Images
• May 2, 2022 2:20 pm

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Voter trust in Democrats' ability to handle rising inflation and rampant crime has sunk to new lows, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Americans back the Republican Party over the Democratic Party by 19 points on its ability to handle inflation and by 14 points on its ability to handle the economy. The poll notes that 68 percent of likely voters disapprove of President Joe Biden's approach to combating inflation. Democrats also lag behind Republicans by 12 points on their ability to handle crime—the GOP's highest trust rating on the issue since the 1990s.

The poll comes as midterm races have become more competitive in recent weeks. Eleven races moved in favor of Republicans in April, according to the UVA Center for Politics. The party is enjoying its highest levels of voter enthusiasm since 2010.

Democrats for months have polled double digits behind Republicans on issues such as the economy, crime, and immigration, and Biden's presidential approval rating has remained underwater since last year.

The ABC/Post poll surveyed 1,004 adults (including 907 registered voters) between April 24 and 28.