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1 in 4 Democrats say party did did not take full advantage of control of power in 2021: poll

A quarter of U.S. Democrats says that they don’t think their party took advantage of having control of the White House and Congress in 2021, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

The poll shows that 28 percent of respondents who identified as Democrats said their party lacked resolve or was preoccupied with internal feuds. Nearly half, or 47 percent, of those surveyed, blamed Republicans for thwarting Democrats’ plans, and 25 percent said the party had, in large part, accomplished its goals.

A number of moderate Democrats in Congress have also voiced similar concerns saying that the party has focused too much on its failures rather than its successes including the $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed last year, Reuters reported. 

Specifically, Democratic respondents in the poll said they were disappointed by notable failures like President BidenJoe BidenBiden’s FDA pick clears key Senate hurdle Overnight Health Care — DC ending mask, vaccine mandates American unity is key to a Europe whole and free MORE‘s $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” social spending bill as well as the unsuccessful push for sweeping voter rights reform, both of which would have required Democrats to override Senate filibuster rules.

Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBiden’s FDA pick clears key Senate hurdle Why congressional Democrats should rethink their universal pre-k plan  Manchin clarifies: He’d oppose second high court nominee right before presidential election MORE (W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaBlack voters are fleeing Biden in droves. Here’s why Democratic Senate debates merits of passion vs. pragmatism Sanders calls on Democrats to bring up drug pricing bill in Senate MORE (Ariz.) both voted against changing the filibuster rules for the voting rights bill.

For the upcoming midterm elections in November, 55 percent of Democrats polled said they were certain to vote compared to 59 percent of Republicans who said the same. 

The poll was conducted online between Jan. 31 and Feb. 8 and included responses from 4,404 adults including 2,015 who identified as Democrats, 1,663 who identified as Republicans and 510 who identified as independents. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2-5 percentage points.

Updated at 9:14 a.m.


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