In what could be a watershed moment for the resistance against President Trump, it would seem Democrats have suffered a blow, according to a poll by Monmouth University. As recently as December, the Democrats enjoyed a comfortable 51 percent preference in the generic ballot, where Republicans only had 36 percent. The poll released Wednesday showed that the Democrat lead shrunk 15 points; they now lead by two, 47-45.
This data predates the President's state of the union message on Tuesday and Friday's bombshell release of the memo that implicates the Obama administration in spying on the Trump campaign and transition. Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said. “But Democrats who counted on riding public hostility toward the tax bill to retake the House may have to rethink that strategy.”
What remains unspoken is the Democrats' attempted government shutdown over illegal immigrants, which went over like a lead balloon to a public that is decidedly against amnesty before government services. The tax cut and jobs plan stand evenly divided in the poll with 44-44 approval/disapproval. Throw in the events mentioned above with the additional money in paychecks and good economic news, we'll see how optimistic Democrats are about their chances in November.
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