In a brutal Monday analysis, the New York Times re-adjusted any last pieces of hope the House Democrats had for the midterm elections.
In the NYT newsletter, “The Morning,” the outlet said that recent polling suggesting Democrats are making gains with voters was wrong – based on an analysis of final polling in 2020 that overstated Joe Biden’s strength in states like North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Ohio, where key Senate races will be decided.
Times’ senior writer David Leonhardt noted:
“The polls reported that Biden had a small lead in North Carolina, but he lost the state to Donald Trump. The polls also showed Biden running comfortably ahead in Wisconsin, yet he won it by less than a percentage point. In Ohio, the polls pointed to a tight race; instead, Trump won it easily.
“In each of these states — and some others — pollsters failed to reach a representative sample of voters. One factor seems to be that Republican voters are more skeptical of mainstream institutions and are less willing to respond to a survey. If that’s true, polls will often understate Republican support, until pollsters figure out how to fix the problem.”
“This possibility offers reason to wonder whether Democrats are really doing as well in the midterm elections as the conventional wisdom holds. Recent polls suggest that Democrats are favored to keep control of the Senate narrowly, while losing control of the House, also narrowly.”
“One factor seems to be that Republican voters are more skeptical of mainstream institutions and are less willing to respond to a survey,” he added Monday.
“If that’s true, polls will often understate Republican support, until pollsters figure out how to fix the problem.”
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The paper’s chief political analyst, Nate Cohn, also noted:
“Just about every election cycle, there’s an argument for why, this time, things might be different — different from the expectations set by historical trends and key factors like the state of the economy or the president’s approval rating.”
“The arguments are often pretty plausible. After all, every cycle is different. There’s almost always something unprecedented about a given election year. There’s always a way to spin up a rationale for why old rules won’t apply,” he added.
“In the end, history usually prevails. That’s a good thing to keep in mind right now as Democrats show strength that seems entirely at odds with the long history of the struggles of the president’s party in midterm elections,” he told Leonhardt.
“But this cycle, there really is something different — or at the very least, there is something different about the reasons ‘this cycle might be different.'”
RealClearPolitics estimate that Republicans are set to pick up two seats and regain the House. Still, on the “generic ballot,” Democrats appear to hold a slight 0.4 percent advantage – within polling margins of error.
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