Swing voters in New Jersey and Virginia are fed up with Democrats pushing cancel culture, a new poll from the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) suggests.
The survey of 656 “high propensity persuadable voters” located in two districts in New Jersey and Virginia found that after RSLC digital advertisements targeted Democrats for promoting cancel culture, citizens were more likely to vote for Republican candidates.
“The key message of the ad was simple: the cancel culture tactics that drove Major League Baseball to move its annual All-Star Game out of Atlanta will cost Georgia $100 million, hurt the very communities Democrats claim to be fighting for, and could eventually be waged against New Jerseyans and Virginians of all backgrounds and ideologies,” RSLC said. “It was meant to show just how out of control President Biden and the liberals who run Washington have become in their first few months in power, seeking to appeal to those who may not traditionally support Republicans but are concerned that the Democratic Party no longer represents their values as it continues to lurch to the left.”
In New Jersey’s 8th District, voters who viewed the ad were 57 percent more likely to vote for the GOP in this year’s elections, while voters in Virginia’s 12th District were 58 percent more likely to cast their ballot for a conservative candidate. These numbers, RSLC said, grant optimism to Republican candidates seeking to pick up seats in state legislatures.
“In other words, Democrat-led cancel culture seems to be providing state Republicans with an opportunity to have their arguments on pressing issues like the economy, education, community safety, and health care taken more seriously by voters that were traditionally out of reach,” RSLC concluded.
Some Democrats recognize the effect woke ideology is having on voters. In leaked calls released late last year, President Joe Biden and Democrat leaders in the House noted that the “defund the police” and socialized medicine rhetoric that many of their candidates chose to incorporate into their runs kept the left’s winning margins small in the 2020 election, especially in the House.
“That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police,” Biden told civil rights leaders in December.
“[If] we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, said in November, a sentiment echoed by Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and others in swing states.