How Democrats Overcame Inflation In The 2022 Midterms

by | Nov 13, 2022 | Politics

High inflation and bad consumer sentiment were supposed to result in Republican victory overall in Tuesday’s midterm elections, but Democrats ran way ahead of expectations and will hold the Senate and maybe even the House. Part of the reason for Democrats’ success is that they did not cede economic issues to Republicans, and exit polls suggest they were able to convince Americans they understood voters’ economic pain in a way the GOP could not. Advertisement“The American people caught on that Republican economics is a disaster for working families, and will simply benefit the very richest people in society,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told HuffPost. In the run-up to the election, Sanders had warned the party was not doing enough to attack GOP plans for the economy.“I’m glad that a number of Democrats, including the president, in the final weeks of the campaign, got to speak out on those issues, and expose the fact that Republicans want to give tax breaks to billionaires and then cut Social Security and Medicare,” Sanders said. On net, it’s clear economic sentiment helped the GOP, but the advantage may not have been as dominant as preelection polls forecast. Voters worried about inflation more than any other single issue, but it wasn’t the top concern for the majority of people, with just 31% of voters rating it most important for their vote, followed by 27% of voters most motivated by abortion, according to exit polls. (Exit polls are flawed instruments, and the results will shift after they are matched to final results.)And abortion rights may have motivated more voters than inflation did. Some 76% of voters most worried about abortion said they supported Democrats, compared with 71% of inflation worriers. AdvertisementBut Democrats actually aired more TV ads addressing “pocketbook issues” than Republicans did, according to an analysis of months of campaign ad trends by the Winning Jobs Narrative Project, a working group of progressive messaging organizations. Republicans ran more ads on taxes and the overall economy, the analysis found, but far fewer on health care, prescription drugs and especially Social Security, a topic Democrats increasingly highlighted toward the end of the election cycle. “It’s not easy …

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