By Eli Yokley
October 27, 2021 at 6:00 am ET
Donald Trump sparked new alarm among Republican officials when he said the party base “will not be voting” in next year’s midterm elections unless the GOP addresses its fears about voting fraud in the 2020 presidential election, but a new Morning Consult/Politico poll suggests the former president’s insistence on elevating the issue is resonating with a highly motivated segment of the Republican electorate.
Republican distrust in the integrity of the 2020 presidential election was blamed as a contributing factor to the loss of the Senate in two Georgia runoff elections in January, raising concerns among some GOP officials about the party’s work to take back Congress next year. But the survey suggests these officials may not need to be so worried about Trump’s rhetoric weighing the party down in the midterms, which history shows will serve as a referendum on the Democrats, who control the White House and both chambers on Capitol Hill.
The Oct. 22-24, 2021, poll was conducted among 1,999 registered voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.