NPR/PBSNewshour/Marist Poll: Midterms Seen as Trump Referendum According to a new survey from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll, more than two-thirds of registered voters say their impression of President Donald Trump will factor into their vote for Congress.
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NPR/PBSNewshour/Marist Poll: Midterms Seen as Trump Referendum

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Dems Hold 10-Point lead on Congressional Ballot

According to a new survey from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll, more than two-thirds of registered voters say their impression of President Donald Trump will factor into their vote for Congress, and nearly half of voters say their impression of the president makes them more likely to vote for a Democrat for Congress this November.

On a generic congressional ballot, the Democrats (50%) have a 10-point advantage over Republicans (40%), a lead that has grown 4-points since early October.

Read more insight and analysis from NPR: HERE

Read the full results of the poll: HERE

Findings are attributable to NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.

Key Findings:

  • 67% of U.S. voters say their opinion of Trump will be either a major (44%) or minor (23%) factor in deciding their vote for Congress.
  • 31% report their impression of the president will not be a factor when casting their ballot.
  • In 2014, 47% of registered voters said their impression of Obama would play either a major (28%) or minor (19%) role in deciding for whom to vote. A majority (52%), at that time, said their impression of President Obama was not a factor at all.
  • 47% of voters nationally report their opinion of Trump will make them more likely to vote for a Democrat for Congress this November. 34% say their opinion of the president makes them more likely to vote for a Republican.
  • 39% of Americans approve of the job the president is doing in office, including 24% who strongly do so. 53% disapprove, including 39% who strongly have this opinion.
  • 76% of voters consider this year's midterm election to be very important, including 83% of Democrats and 80% of Republicans.
  • 50% of voters say they are likely to vote for a Democrat on a generic congressional ballot, 40% say they are likely to vote Republican and 6% are undecided. This is a 4-point growth for Democrats since early October.
  • 44% of Independent voters say they are more likely to support a Democrat, and 34% say they are more likely to back a Republican.
  • 20% of voters say the jobs and the economy are their top vote issue. Health care (17%) and immigration (17%) closely follow.
  • 35% of voters report President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court makes no difference to their vote. This is up from 26% earlier this month.

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