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In the last twelve months, more than one million voters have left the Democratic Party to join the Republican Party, according to a report, which implies a tough road ahead for the Democratic Government in the face of the November midterms.
According to an Associated Press (AP) analysis of voter registration data over the past year, approximately 1.7 million Americans have changed their party affiliation in 43 states: 1.1 million of them have left for the GOP, while only 630,000 have switched to the Democratic Party.
Voters are “rejecting the left”
According to the AP, the stampede of voters to the Republican Party is occurring in nearly every region of the country, including majority Democratic states and cities, but is predominantly in the suburbs. The “phenomenon,” according to the report, is occurring more frequently since Joe Biden took office.
“Well-educated swing voters who turned against Trump’s Republican Party in recent years appear to be swinging back,” reads the report on the Democratic stampede in the suburbs, highlighting that Republicans are “gaining ground” in suburban counties in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa and Georgia.
One voter consulted by the agency said that, at least in his experience, it is more about “rejecting of the left” than “embracing of the right,” and explained that he was motivated to leave the Democratic Party by its support for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, its inability to combat violent crime, and its frequent focus on racial justice.
The massive exodus from the Democratic Party has been reflected in recent polls. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, President Biden today has a 33% approval rating among American voters, including a 53% disapproval rating among Hispanics.
The poll data indicate that voters overwhelmingly reject the Democratic administration’s economic policies, with gas prices, inflation and the cost of living as leading indicators. In addition, most are unhappy with the Democrats’ handling of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Tomás Lugo, journalist and writer. Born in Venezuela and graduated in Social Communication. Has written for international media outlets. Currently living in Colombia // Tomás Lugo, periodista y articulista. Nacido en Venezuela y graduado en Comunicación Social. Ha escrito para medios internacionales. Actualmente reside en Colombia.