Patrick Basham explains why there is no Democrat sympathy vote
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Attempts to blame Republican rhetoric for the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s house has failed to impress voters a new poll has revealed. The polling by the Washington DC based Democracy Institute for Express.co.uk of 1,500 likely voters showed that only people who planned to vote Democrat anyway accepted the narrative put out ahead of the crucial midterm election next week.
An intruder broke into the Pelosis’ California home on Friday October 28.
The suspect, 42-year-old Canadian national David DePape, allegedly confronted Mr Pelosi in his bedroom and stating that “he was looking for Nancy”.
He then attacked Mr Pelosi with a hammer leaving him injured and in hospital receiving treatment for a week.
Mr DePape – who is currently being held without bail – pleaded not guilty this week to a number of charges, including attempted murder.
A number of pro-Democrat supporters in the US media subsequently attempted to blame the Republicans for the attack.
In a piece for NBC News, Arick Wierson, Emmy Award-winning television producer and communications consultant, claimed the Republicans have “blood on their hands”.
New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie claimed: “This is what happens when Republicans tear their masks off.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton criticised the GOP for touting crime as top issue but not being ‘bothered’ by Paul Pelosi attack.
Joe Biden even used his last campaign speech to link the attack to the invasion of the Capitol building by Donald Trump supporters on January 6.
But the claims do not seem to have affected voters according to the Democracy Institute poll of 1,500 likely voters from the Democrats, Republicans and independents.
In a video interview (above), Democracy Institute director Patrick Basham said that the refusal to present evidence that it was a political attack or release camera footage “raised suspicions with voters” and meant the allegations “don’t pass the sniff test”.
The survey taken this week showed that 51 percent did not believe Ms Pelosi was the real target while on 43 percent agreed that it was.
This suggests voters are questioning a political motive behind the attack.
Meanwhile, 61 percent said they do not blame the Republicans for the attack while only 31 percent do.
Ms Pelosi and the Democrats are staring at a crushing defeat on Tuesday when voters turn out for the midterm elections.
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According to the poll the Republicans are leading 51 percent to 46 percent ahead of the Democrats in the House of Representatives election.
At the lowest point this would mean, the Democracy Institute claims, that the Republicans have 245 seats with a majority of 55 but at the top end they could have 265 seats with a majority of 95.
It is a major reversal for Ms Pelosi, whose tenure as House Speaker will come to an end, and the Democrats who currently hold a majority with 220 to 212 seats and three vacancies.
In the Senate race, the poll suggests that likely voters who are willing to cast the ballot on Tuesday split 49 percent to 46 percent in favour of the Republicans.
This has led the Democracy Institute to increase its Senate seat projection of gains by one in favour of the Republicans from 53 to at least 54 with the Democrats left with 46.
But the majority could be as big as 57 to 43.
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