Supporters of Republican and Democratic candidates in the upcoming congressional election are deeply divided over the government’s role in ensuring health care, the fairness of the nation’s economic system and views of racial equality in the United States.
Turnout in this year's primaries for Congress and most state governorships surged compared with the last midterms in 2014, particularly among Democrats. Nearly a fifth (19.6%) of registered voters – about 37 million – cast ballots in primary elections for the U.S. House of Representatives – a 56% increase over the 23.7 million who voted in 2014's House primaries. Turnout that year was 13.7% of registered voters.
As elections draw near, voter enthusiasm is at its highest level during any midterm in more than two decades. A record share of registered voters say which party controls Congress will be a factor in their vote.
Across a range of political activities – from attending political rallies to donating to campaigns – voters who back Democratic candidates for Congress are reporting higher levels of political activity than GOP voters.
Of the 73 regular and special Senate elections that have been held since 2013, 69 were won by candidates belonging to the party that won that state's most recent presidential race.
The congressional elections are more than four months away, but voter engagement is high when compared with comparable points in previous midterm cycles.
Generation X and younger generations make up a majority of the U.S. electorate. But if past U.S. midterm election turnout patterns hold true, these younger Americans are unlikely to cast the majority of votes this November.
More members of the U.S. House of Representatives are choosing not to seek re-election than at any time in the past quarter-century.
A majority of Americans say 2018 will be a better year than 2017, a shift from a year ago when public expectations were far less positive.