As the Republican Party surrounded President Donald Trump Wednesday to celebrate the passage of their massive tax cut for corporations and the rich under the guise of helping the middle-class, a new poll came out showing that the celebration may be shortlived.
According to a new CNN poll, Democrats have a massive 18-point lead over Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections.
A whopping 56 percent of registered voters said they prefer a Democrat representing their congressional district compared to just 38 percent who prefer a Republican. That is by far the largest margin in the history of the CNN poll, which goes back decades.
And while Democratic enthusiasm is off the charts, the deep unpopularity of Trump and the Republican agenda has led independent voters to strongly prefer Democrats.
According to the poll, 51 percent of independents prefer a Democrat, compared to 35 percent who prefer a Republican.
CNN notes that the Democrats had a similar 50-36 margin at this point before the 2006 midterms that saw the party win back both the Senate and the House for the first time since 1994.
That year, the Democrats won 31 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate, along with a majority of governorships.
And the CNN poll is far from the only poll to show a huge Democratic advantage – virtually ever poll released over the last two weeks shows the Democrats with a double-digit lead in the generic ballot.
Reuters/Ipsos has the Dems up by 12, Quinnipiac and Monmouth have Dems leading by 15, and NBC News/Wall Street Journal and PPP all have Dems ahead by 11.
And these were all numbers collected before the GOP finally pushed through their deeply unpopular tax cut for corporations and the rich under the guise of helping the middle-class, a lie that fooled very few people.
According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, just 24 percent of Americans say the GOP tax bill is a “good idea” and just 7 percent believe the Republicans’ lie that it was designed to mostly help the middle-class.
Among Trump’s base, the numbers are just as bad. Just 28 percent of rural Americans and 29 percent of whites without a college degree believe the plan is a good idea.
Since 2013, a majority of Americans have preferred Republicans to handle the US economy. That has changed this year.
Voters now believe Democrats would do a better job of handling the economy for the first time since February 2013, and by their biggest margin since shortly after President Obama took office in 2009 in the wake of the global financial crisis in the final two years of the George W. Bush administration.
Democrats now also have a four-point lead on which party would best handle taxes, also their first lead in that regard in four years.
The poll also shows that voters prefer Democrats to look out for the middle class, dealing with sexual harassment (by a margin of 34-10), and changing how Washington works.