The economy is far and away the most important issue to voters, and Democrats’ failure to make a compelling argument on that front sunk them in the midterms, the party’s analysis of the 2014 election cycle found.
“This data underscores a deeper problem and is an admonishment to Democrats to use the coming months to fashion, hone, and then campaign on an economic plan,” the analysis, authored by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, reads in part.
“If Democrats fail on this front – even in 2016 with a broader, more diverse, and more progressive electorate – they could well face an election outcome not altogether different from what they just experienced last month.”
The George Washington University Battleground Poll, which served as a basis for the Democratic analysis, found that a plurality, 29 percent, believe the economy is the most important issue facing the new Congress. That’s a nearly two-to-one advantage over immigration, the next closest issue.
A strong majority, 77 percent, said they’re at least somewhat worried about current economic conditions. Voters in the Middle Class are the most pessimistic than other groups on the direction of the economy.
“Two years into Obama’s second term, the American public is worried and highly pessimistic about the state of the economy and the prospects of improvement for the next generation,” said Christopher Arterton, the director of the GW poll. “When the new Congress convenes in January, voters want the politicians in Washington to address this issue above all else.”
So over three quarters of the public believe the economy sucks, so who’s responsible for that? Here’s a hint, and it’s not just his moribund economy.