Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Both parties in frenzied final push before United States elections

Both parties in frenzied final push before United States elections

An ABC/Washington Post survey of registered voters conducted between October 29 and November 1 has Democrats with a 7-point lead. "Now the generic ballot is getting smaller". Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to capture control of the House. "But I have never seen such an enthusiastic Republican Party".

While he is not on the ballot, Trump himself has acknowledged that the 2018 midterms, above all, represent a referendum on his presidency. But this president has shown over time that historical statistical benchmarks don't always apply to him.

Trump will be holding rallies in Georgia and Tennessee on Sunday. Those who disapprove account for 53 percent. The survey has a +/-2 percentage point margin of error.

Donald Trump, his Republicans and their Democratic rivals steeled themselves for a final frenzied day of campaigning Monday on the eve of contentious U.S. midterm elections, when voters render their verdict on the president's first two years in office.

That is the worst pre-election approval rating for any president approaching their first midterm election in polling dating back to Eisenhower.

The Labour Department on Friday reported sharply better-than-expected job creation in October, with the unemployment rate steady at a 49-year low of 3.7% and wages notching their best annual gain in nearly a decade.

The Post-ABC News poll was conducted last Monday through Thursday, the day before the employment statistics were announced, and records the most optimistic attitudes about the economy in almost two decades, with 65 percent of all Americans rating the state of the economy as good or excellent and 34 percent offering a negative assessment.

Despite some challenges he faced with the US economy, he accomplished many great things by the time his term ended in January 2017, after securing a second term in 2012.

So the Democrats are in the tough position of having to retain all 26 seats and add two more, if they need to wrest control and counter Trump's positions in the Senate.

"They must be pretty scared on the Democrat side if they're pulling out the big guns and they have Barack Obama out campaigning", she said. They have also repeatedly called for an investigation of his administration.

Democrats painted sharp distinctions with Trump, insisting that only they will protect the health care gains made under Obama, that Trump has employed inhumane measures to keep migrants out, and that the divisiveness he has fostered must end. The size of the caravan is changing daily with the latest estimate supposing it to be anywhere between 3,500 to 7,000 people, who are reportedly fleeing poverty and oppressive conditions in their home countries of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, seeking a better life in the United States. He has ordered federal troops to be deployed to the border in response.

Editor's note: Men like Trump is a series of dispatches that tell of how a reckless president is steering the White House, and the manner in which his actions are fundamentally altering the office he holds.

With the election just days away as the poll was conducted, enthusiasm was up among both parties' voters, but Democrats advantage in enthusiasm narrowed to just 4 points: 68% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents were enthusiastic about voting, while 64% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said the same.

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