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In New FDRLST/Susquehanna Poll, Voters Affirm Dobbs, Oppose Big Tech Censorship

Not only is Ukraine spending unpopular in voters’ eyes, but so is the GOP’s Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.


Voters support the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision, oppose Big Tech censorship, and are skeptical of claims that the FBI isn’t corrupted by partisanship, a new poll from The Federalist and Susquehanna Polling & Research shows.

When asked who should set nationwide abortion laws, 48 percent of voters agreed that Americans and their elected state representatives should be able to determine their state’s abortion laws, something the Supreme Court finally allowed in Dobbs after it had previously been prohibited under Roe v. Wade. The poll found that just 26 percent of voters said determining abortion law is the Supreme Court’s job.

Similarly, when asked what they thought of Big Tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google censoring news stories and preventing users from sharing articles and information related to the upcoming election in November, 66 percent of voters said they disapproved. While 24 percent of voters said they approved of this kind of online silencing, nearly half of registered Democrats, 47 percent, and an overwhelming 85 percent of Republicans said they disapproved of Big Tech’s election-related censorship.

Since the FBI’s presence in the public eye has increased over the last few months, a plurality of voters, 43 percent, said they believe the FBI pushes a political agenda when conducting affairs, raids, and investigations. On the other hand, 42 percent of respondents said they have confidence the FBI acts without partisan influence.

In addition to skepticism of Big Tech and the FBI, a majority of voters, 77 percent, overwhelmingly said that they don’t trust corporate news media to tell them the truth. Majorities of both Republicans, 93 percent, and Democrats, 59 percent, said they believe the media misrepresents the facts to push a political agenda.

When it comes to the nearly $70 billion the U.S. funneled to Ukraine in the last year, a plurality of voters, 47 percent, say that the federal government has spent too much taxpayer money on the war in Eastern Europe. Broken down by party, a majority of Republicans, 57 percent, and 37 percent of Democrats said Ukraine received too much money from the United States. Only 2 percent of respondents said that spending on Ukraine amounted to “too little money.”

Not only is Ukraine spending unpopular in voters’ eyes, but so is the GOP’s Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. According to poll results, only 11 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of McConnell just one month ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. A majority, 60 percent, say their perception of McConnell is largely unfavorable.

As for President Joe Biden’s personal favorability ratings, the poll found that 45 percent of voters approve of the job Biden is doing as president while 49 percent say they disapprove. Regardless of their personal interpretation of Biden’s track record, voters decisively disapprove of how Biden has handled key issues such as inflation (52 percent), gas prices (51 percent), immigration (49 percent), and crime (47 percent).

In general, 65 percent of voters say the economy has worsened in the last six months. An even higher number of voters, 88 percent, say that, contrary to the president’s claims, the U.S. is likely already in a recession.

When asked which party they would vote with if midterm congressional elections were held today, voters were split between Republicans, 48 percent, and Democrats, 48 percent.

Full crosstabs of the poll results can be found here.

Crosstabs – Federalist/Susq… by The Federalist

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