One major trend we have seen over the last 50-75 years is that even when a President is elected, while his party has control of the House and Senate, the following mid-term election quickly changes this. While President Trump has the majority in the House and Senate at the current time (although it doesn’t quite seem that way as of late), come 2018 the tides could drastically shift. This is especially true if you believe a new Washington Post / ABC poll that was just released.
The poll, which was conducted between July 10-13 of this year, asked likely voters in the 2018 election, “Would you rather see the next Congress controlled by Democrats, to act as a check on Trump, or controlled by Republicans to support Trump’s agenda?” The results were quite damning for the GOP’s hopes of remaining in control of the Senate and possibly even the House come January 2019. What it also has shown is that an overwhelming number of Democrats who never voted in the last 2014 mid-term, plan to vote come 2018.
When examining everyone who took part in the poll, a staggering 52% said that they’d rather Congress be controlled by Democrats in order to act as a check on Trump’s agenda. Just 38% said they wanted Congress to remain in control by Republicans, while 10% of those surveyed said that they had no opinion.
Even more surprising is the fact that when the results were narrowed down to those who did not vote in 2014 but are certain to vote come 2018, the gap widened further. 64% of these individuals said that they wanted Congress to be controlled by Democrats, whereas just 30% said that they were happy with the status quo.
What these results show us is that there is an overwhelming majority of individuals in this country who fear Trump’s agenda and feel as though the only way to put a check on it is to vote in representatives and Senators from the opposite party. Donald Trump may be costing his fellow Republicans the 2018 election, yet they continue to support him and look the other way when incriminating evidence is presented in the Trump/Russia investigation.