The Republican Party remains the favorite to win the majority of seats in the US House of Representatives ahead of the November legislative elections but they have lost ground in recent weeks due to the recent economic measures taken by the country’s president, Democrat Joe Biden, and the return of former president Donald Trump to the public scene following the FBI raid for classified documents in his mansion in Mar-A-Lago (Florida).
According to the survey of the US network CBS, the Republican Party would obtain right now 226 seats, twelve more over the majority, compared to 209 for the Democratic Party. However, they have lost four more seats compared to the July polls, three months before the elections in which they hope to regain the majority lost in the 2019 midterms.
The economic crisis is the main factor that is encouraging respondents to lean towards the Republican Party, but measures adopted by Biden as his recent tax boost plan, coupled with decisions of the conservative Supreme Court against abortion rights are beginning to weigh on the minds of voters.
Similarly, many undecideds are considering betting on the Democratic Party after the reappearance of Trump and the victories of many of his supporters, who have repeated the messages that lifted him to victory in 2016, in the Republican primaries for the lower house of Congress.
The drop in gasoline prices in recent weeks has led many Americans to perceive an improvement in the economic situation, although their outlook is still grim, according to the CBS poll. Fears of a recession remain.
The CBS News/YouGov Battleground Tracker poll was conducted with a nationally representative sample of 2126 registered voters interviewed Aug. 24-26 with a margin of error is +/- 2.4 points.