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A Look into the 2014 Midterm Elections

Rasmussen Reports, 11/4 – 11/5

Midterm Elections

The Republicans secured a major victory in this year’s midterm elections. Rasmussen Reports has conducted a poll that asked 1,000 U.S. voters various questions regarding the midterm elections.

Did you vote in this year’s elections?

  • Yes – 90%
  • No – 8%
  • Undecided – 2%

Did you vote for incumbents or for newcomers?

  • Incumbents – 34%
  • Newcomers – 44%
  • Undecided – 22%

The results of this question are indicative of how unhappy the majority of Americans were with the current political establishment. This is not to suggest that newly elected officials will suddenly provide the answer, but it is more a statement about how unpopular President Barack Obama’s administration is.

Did you feel more compelled to vote this year than in previous years?

  • Yes – 47%
  • No – 46%
  • Undecided – 7%

Midterm elections usually suffer from poor voter turnout. The Republicans seized the U.S. Senate because they were successful in red states and they managed to take toss-up states. Voters felt compelled to vote this year because they saw a change of scenery as the only way to bring about meaningful change.

Which issue was most important to your vote?

  • The Economy – 33%
  • Government Competence – 20%
  • Healthcare – 15%
  • Taxes and Spending – 13%
  • Immigration – 5%
  • Other – 5%
  • The Environment – 4%
  • Undecided – 3%
  • Foreign Policy – 2%

Even though the Democrats didn’t necessarily fail on many of these issues, the Republicans managed to convince voters that Obamacare was bad, and most of Obama’s time in office has been spent on foreign policy issues, which is the least popular issue in the eyes of voters. While the country bleeds internally, voters are more interested in their well-being. They want lower taxes, stable jobs, and readily available and reliable social programs.

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