Voters want a Congress that will actually stand up to Trump


Two new polls show voters are ready to throttle the GOP.

Ahead of the midterm election cycle, more voters say they want a Congress that will rein in Trump.

"By 58 percent to 34 percent, those surveyed said they wanted to elect a Congress that mostly stands up to Trump rather than one that mostly cooperates with him," USA Today reports.

A Washington Post poll released on Monday also finds that voters want Congress to put the brakes on Trump. In that survey, 60 percent said they want the next Congress to serve "as a check on Trump."

That represents an 8-point increase since last summer.

The USA Today poll finds that Democrats enjoy an 11-point advantage when respondents were asked if they were more likely to vote Democratic or Republican in November. The Post poll finds an even bigger, 14-point advantage for Democrats. In that survey, women favor Democrats by 58 percent to 33 percent.

Strategists suggest that if Democrats maintain a 7-point lead in those generic polls it will be enough for them to regain control of the House in November.

That would break the current stalemate, where the GOP-controlled Congress serves as a backstop for the Trump White House, refusing to engage in any meaningful oversight.

By all indications, Trump stands poised to be a major drag on the GOP in November.

"Those who 'strongly disapprove' of how Trump is handling his job hit the highest level of his presidency in the USA TODAY poll, at 44 percent. That's more than double the 19 percent who said they 'strongly approve,' USA Today reports.

Those findings mirror a ABC News/Washington Post poll last week, which found Trump's disapproval rating had reached an epic news height — 60 percent.

"Republicans know they will be exceedingly vulnerable in November if the president is not able to improve his standing over the next two months," the Post reports.

Even as Americans feel confident about the state of the U.S. economy, Trump's approval rating remains dismal, as does the GOP's prospects for November.

"Nearly half of voters who are upbeat about the economy still disapprove of the president’s job performance," according to the Post.

Anxious Republican Party campaign operatives are currently drawing up a list of GOP House incumbents who are likely locked into unwinnable races in November, and will soon throw them overboard in terms of cutting off crucial election funding.

Politico reported that Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA), are high on the list of endangered Republicans who may be beyond party help.

Based on the new USA Today and Washington Post polls, that GOP doomsday list may be expanding.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.