American support for the Democratic Party took a plunge last year while the GOP saw its highest popularity since 1995, as President Joe Biden faces mounting criticism over inflation and COVID ahead of the November midterms.
A new survey conducted by Gallup revealed 47 percent of Americans identified as Republican or Republican-leaning at the end of 2021.
This was a nine percent increase in support from the start of the year.
Meanwhile, 42 percent of survey participants identified as Democrat or Democrat-leaning between October 1 and December 31, a seven percent decrease from the first quarter of the year.
The new results indicate a dramatic flip in favor of the Republican party, which has continued to trail behind the Democratic Party over the last decade. It is also the first time the GOP has had a five point lead over the Democrats since the mid-90s.
They also spell good news for Republicans ahead of the November 2022 midterms, amid growing predictions that the GOP will take back both the House of Representatives and Senate, leaving Biden, 79, a lame-duck president.
The US is currently mired in the worst inflation in 40 years, with the cost of living rising by seven per cent in December compared to the same period a year before.
Economists warn the crushing price rises could last well into 2023, sparking concerns over the president’s desire to push his $1.7 trillion Build Back Better spending package, whose passage critics warn will only worsen inflation.
Biden has also been hamstrung by his vow to beat COVID by July 4 2021, with the US experienci… (Read more)