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Trouble for Senate Dems: Majorities in 7 States Think Economy is Better Than a Year Ago

Building off polling of key U.S. Senate races released Thursday, Axios reported that voters in 10 'red states' with Democratic senators think the economy is better than it was a year ago.

By NTK Staff | 03.09.2018 @10:00am
Trouble for Senate Dems: Majorities in 7 States Think Economy is Better Than a Year Ago

As if the news that five of them are losing wasn’t bad enough, vulnerable Senate Democrats received more rough polling news on Friday, via Axios.

Half of all voters in the 10 states that voted for Trump but have Democratic senators say the economy is better off now than it was a year ago, according to new Axios/SurveyMonkey polls. And in nine of the states majorities approve of the GOP tax law.

In seven states with Democratic incumbents running for Senate, more than half of voters said the economy is better than it was a year ago (and a fifth or less said it’s worse):

  • West Virginia, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): 55 percent said the economy is better, 19 percent said it’s worse
  • Indiana, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN): 54 percent said better, 17 percent said worse
  • Missouri, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): 53 percent said better, 17 percent said worse
  • Montana, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT): 53 percent said better, 17 percent said worse
  • Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH): 52 percent said better, 16 percent said worse
  • North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND): 51 percent said better, 15 percent said worse
  • Wisconsin, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI): 51 percent said better, 20 percent said worse

In three other states (Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania), pluralities of voters said the economy is better.

In the infamous words of Clinton strategist James Carville, “It’s the economy, stupid.” And this new polling suggests voters in states that will decide control of the U.S. Senate believe the economy is strong with Republican leaders.

Those beliefs may help explain why the likes of Tester (-13), Manchin (-9), McCaskill (-8), Donnelly (-6), and Heitkamp (-2) are all losing to Republican opponents as of now, according to Axios‘ polling.

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