Midterm election results: Ron DeSantis easily wins Florida

Although the labor market remained strong, inflation and a looming recession may have clouded the outlook © Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

The economy and inflation are among the top issues in the midterm elections, and voters are expected to favor Republicans to improve the economy, according to recent polling data.

And while these topics are front and center for many voters, issues like abortion rights and threats to democracy are also pushing Americans to the polls.

According to a Nov. 4 NBC News poll, 81% of voters are either “very dissatisfied” or “somewhat dissatisfied” with the state of the economy.

Although the labor market stayed strong under President Joe Biden and clawed back all the jobs lost in the coronavirus pandemic, lingering inflation and threats of a looming recession may have soured the average American’s economic outlook.

Inflation is down from a four-decade high earlier this summer, but remains historically highdespite the Federal Reserve’s efforts this year to tighten monetary policy.

Many Republican candidates for Congress have grasped about the complicated inflation situation and criticized the Democrats’ handling of the economy by pointing out the impact of inflation on American families.

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC poll, voters trust Republicans more to fight inflation and manage the economy. Fifty-two percent of voters trust Republicans more for the economy than Democrats and 50% of likely voters trust Republicans to handle inflation, while only 38% trust Democrats.

Beyond economic issues, outrage over the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade, which had protected the right to obtain an abortion on constitutional grounds for nearly half a century, galvanized the left and, this summer, appeared to offer Democratic candidates a path to mid-term victories. Although the track was stifled by Republican blame on Democrats for decades of high inflation and an economic downturn, abortion remained a central campaign issue until the very end.

According to a Washington Post-ABC poll, 22% of voters said abortion was the most important issue this election cycle, just behind the 26% of voters who cited the economy.

In the poll, 21% of voters named threats to democracy as their most important election issue, related inflation.

Republicans have also spoken out on crime on the campaign trail, chastising Democrats — especially those running big cities — for rising rates of gun violence since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the poll, 54% of voters trust Republicans on crime issues, though only 14% of respondents ranked it as their top priority. Immigration lags behind with 9%.

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