While a supermajority of Republican voters still may think the GOP is out of touch, the Pew Research Center finds that independent voters are increasingly inclined to opt for Republican congressional candidates:
. . . independent voters who express an unfavorable view of Congress, say they would back the GOP candidate over the Democrat by a whopping 51% to 31% margin, while the smaller proportion of independent voters who have a positive view of Congress say they intend to vote for the Democrat, by 55% to 29%.
Now, that may seem to favor the Democrats; a higher percentage of those having a favorable image of Congress prefer the Democrats than of those having an unfavorable view of Congress preferring the GOP. Only problem is that “smaller proportion” is shrinking rapidly: only 37% have a favorable opinion of Congress, down “13 points since April . . one of their lowest points in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys.”
If Republicans can show that they have solutions to today’s problems, they should be able to tap into the growing discontent with a spendthrift Congress and make some real gains next fall.