Congressional Democrats hold an eight-point advantage over Republicans for the 2022 midterm elections, a new poll shows, even as President Joe Biden’s approval numbers remain slightly underwater.
Registered voter respondents to the NPR/Marist poll chose Democrats over Republicans 46% to 38% when faced with a hypothetical party-line vote about their district’s 2022 election. The poll showed that Democrats’ congressional support was greater than Biden’s 45% approval rating, and mirrored his 46% disapproval.
Democrats’ polling advantage comes as they work to strike an intraparty compromise on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and sweeping social spending package. Leadership, Senate moderates and top White House officials negotiated until about 11 p.m. Thursday night, ultimately delaying a long-sought vote on the infrastructure package as it became clear that left-wing Democrats would deny it the support needed to pass.