The Wall Street Journal: Democrats fired up for midterm elections, poll finds; Trump’s approval slips

April 16
03:52 2018

Democratic voters are showing a higher level of interest in the 2018 midterm elections than are Republicans, with three-quarters of Democrats saying their vote for Congress is intended as a message of opposition to President Donald Trump, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

While Democratic interest in the election rose from March, the spike didn’t translate into gains for the party in a broader measure of the political climate: Asked which party should control the next Congress, voters favored Democrats over the GOP by 47% to 40%, down from a 10-point spread last month.

The poll found that 39% of respondents approve of Trump’s job performance, with 57% disapproving. That approval rating is down 4 percentage points from last month but remains within the same, 6-point range of the past year. Trump’s highest approval rating was 44% in February 2017, and his lowest was 38% in October 2017. His job approval is the lowest of any post-World-War II president at this point in his first term.

“2018 is shaping up as a referendum election on Donald Trump,” said Peter Hart, a Democratic pollster who worked on the survey with Republican Bill McInturff. “He’s never had a single day where a majority of Americans approved of his job performance.”

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