"Blue Wave" Collapsing? Latest Reuters Poll Shows 2-Month Surge In Support For Republicans
A so-called "Blue Wave" of Democratic support that was reportedly sweeping the country appears to be collapsing.
The latest poll from Reuters on who registered voters would support in 2018 elections "if they were held today" shows that Republicans now have support of more voters than Democrats for the first time in this election cycle. Democrats led the GOP by double digits in April.
The latest poll, released Wednesday, shows that Republicans lead Democrats among voters nationally in a "generic ballot". Republicans had 39% support to the Democrats' 36.7%.
The Reuters poll has shown crumbling support for Democrats since April 1, when they led the GOP by more than 10 points.
The Reuters poll reflects a larger trend of Republicans closing the gap with Democrats. A CNN poll released earlier this month showed the Democrats ahead of the GOP by three points, that poll's margin of error.
It was too early Wednesday afternoon for political experts to attribute the change in support to anything specifically, but Reuters did recently report that the Democrats have been steadily losing support from millennials over the past two years.
The shift of support to Republicans by millennials does not extend to President Trump, however. More than 60% of millennials who were polled say they do not like the president, but that does not take away from their support for other Republican candidates nor does it make them want to vote for Democratic candidates.
The shift could also be attributed to recent developments on the investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia, which has failed to turn up any publicly disclosed evidence, and may have revealed that the campaign was spied by political opponents within the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Democrats and liberal media commentators continuing to blast Trump for calling members of the violent, deadly MS-13 gang "animals" may also be hurting support as the gang has been clearly documented to have openly targeted innocent civilians, including young girls it has trafficked into the U.S. for forced prostitution.
The latest poll also shows that support for expanding gun control in the U.S. is also dropping. The last Reuters poll on gun control was in late March after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.