Headline RoundupOctober 17th, 2022

NYT Poll Says Republicans Gain Edge on Democrats in 2022 Elections

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The latest New York Times/Siena College poll found that 49% of likely voters plan to vote for a Republican to represent them in Congress in the 2022 midterm elections, compared with 45% who planned to vote for a Democrat. 

Key Quotes: "Republicans enter the final weeks of the contest for control of Congress with a narrow but distinct advantage as the economy and inflation have surged as the dominant concerns," wrote a politics reporter at the New York Times. The survey also found that "the economy remained a far more potent political issue in 2022 than abortion."

For Context: Democrats held a 1-point advantage on Republicans in the same poll last month, but momentum appears to be shifting. As some Democratic candidates have gone all in on abortion as the key issue in this year's elections, Republicans have focused much more on the economy and public safety. The poll also found that former President Donald Trump led President Joe Biden, 45% to 44%, when likely voters were asked whom they would support if the 2024 presidential election were held today.

How the Media Covered It: Right-rated sources highlighted the data more frequently than left-rated outlets. Outlets across the political spectrum framed the results as a byproduct of public dissatisfaction with the state of U.S. affairs. Left-rated sources focused more on concerns about the economy; right-rated sources focused more on dissatisfaction with Biden. 

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