Democrats Polling Ahead of GOP, Despite Joe Biden's Awful Approval Rating

The Democrats have taken a six-point lead over their Republican rivals ahead of November's midterm elections, according to a new poll.

The July "Winning the Issues" survey found 47 percent of Americans would either vote Democrat or are leaning that way, versus just 41 percent for the GOP, in a congressional vote.

This comes despite the poll confirming the unpopularity of President Joe Biden, with only 36 percent of Americans approving of his conduct whilst 54 percent disapprove.

The "Winning the Issues" poll was conducted by The Winston Group, which surveyed 1,000 registered voters between July 23 and 24.

Poll finds Democrats have six point lead
President Joe Biden delivering remarks on climate change and clean energy at Brayton Point Power Station on July 20, 2022 in Somerset, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen/GETTY

The survey found 44 percent of Americans would vote Democrat if "elections were held today for U.S. Congress in your state," with another 3 percent found to lean Democrat.

By contrast, only 39 percent would back the Republicans, though another 2 percent leaned towards the party, whilst 12 percent were undecided.

This represents a major reversal from the last "Winning the Issues" survey, conducted between May 25 and 26.

Pollsters in May found 45 percent of Americans either back the Republicans or lean Republican, versus 44 percent for the Democrats.

The fall in Republican popularity took place despite the July survey finding most Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction. Of those polled, 68 percent said the country was on the "wrong track," versus 21 percent who said it's going in the "right direction."

Separately, the latest analysis from FiveThirtyEight, which combines generic congressional ballot polls, found the Republican lead for Congress had slipped to just one point.

Published last week it showed 44.2 percent of Americans would vote for the GOP, versus 43.2 percent for the Democrats.

This is the closest the two parties have been since January, when at one point the Republicans were only ahead by 0.5 percent.

Another survey, conducted by CNN and research firm SSRS, found a dramatic drop in support for the Republicans amongst voters aged 65 and over.

The poll, published in July, found 49 percent in this age group would vote Democrat versus 47 percent for the GOP.

This marks a dramatic reversal from May, when a previous CNN/SSRS survey found 62 percent of those aged 65 and older would vote Republican, against just 37 percent for the Democrats.

Republicans have been battered by the ongoing House Select Committee inquiry into the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, which covers the actions of former President Donald Trump.

Appearing on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week, Representative Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, accused Trump of trying to overturn American democracy.

Raskin said: "The reason it has been so gripping for people is [they have] actually [seen] such an extraordinary thing unfold as a plan to overthrow the world's first modern constitutional democracy.

"The people are not going to have it. Donald Trump is going to be on his own at the end of this thing. The people are not going to have it."

Trump denies his actions were responsible for the violence on January 6 and continues to insist the November 2020 presidential election was "stolen," though fraud claims have been dismissed by independent election experts.