In July 2023, Morning Consult’s analyzes on American political landscape covered a range of key topics, including voters’ perceptions of their “wakefulness,” their views on the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action, and their views of their governors and senators. As the 2024 GOP primary and subsequent general elections approach, these topics will remain relevant to voters as they determine which candidates to support.
This pack of more than a dozen charts highlights key data from our analyzes of US political trends in July.
Chart Pack Highlights:
- Vulnerable Democrats continue to surpass Joe Biden’s approval rating. In Montana, Sen. Jon Tester’s net approval rating exceeds Biden’s by 51 points, the most significant popularity advantage for a Democratic senator over the Democratic president among states with competitive elections in the year to come.
- Vermont Governor Phil Scott is the most popular governor in the United States: More than three in four voters in her state approve of her job performance, compared to 22 percent who disapprove. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approval has declined slightly since he began his campaign for president. Although a majority of Florida voters (54%) still approve of her job performance, the proportion who disapprove of her has increased from 38% to 42% since April.
- A majority of potential Republican primary voters (55%) define “wokeness” as “the imposition of a liberal ideology on American society.” Only a quarter of them see it as a “plea for social equality and acceptance in American society”. Additionally, most Republican primary voters perceive wokeness to be as menacing as domestic terrorism (57% each).
- About three in five American voters (61%) approve of the Supreme Court’s decision to end affirmative action at colleges and universities. Two in five voters believe ending race-conscious admissions policies will have no impact on the quality of higher education.