Politics, Policy and Elections in an Era of Distrust:issues in 2022 midterms

Issues Driving the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections

It’s anyone’s election. On Tuesday, November 8, the United States will hold the 2022 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 seats in the Senate will be up for grabs. With the razor-thin control the Democratic party has in Congress, this election has the potential to significantly reshape the trajectory of the last two years of President Biden’s first term.

U.S. politics are polarized. Stakeholders on both sides of the aisle are at odds in defining the direction of our economy and our country. This hyper-partisan divide is underscored by the historic trust gap identified by Edelman’s 2022 Trust Barometer — trust in government dropped 3 points from Jan. 2021 to Jan. 2022 — and as of May 2022, only 45 percent in the U.S. trust government.

The EGA Briefing: Politics, Policy and Elections in an Era of Distrust - Issues Driving the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections is a balanced look at the key issues that are influencing voters – why they matter, how they matter and key dates/inflection points to be mindful of.  

As the nation heads towards the next election, the issues organizations and companies will be facing will become more complicated and delicate. However, understanding your audience, the issues and their relationship together, you can be fully prepared to move forward in the right direction.

For a more in-depth analysis of the topics we cover here, along with opportunities to hear from policy and industry experts, please feel free to open a discussion with the Edelman Global Advisory Thought Leadership team.


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EGA midterms webinar 1: Critical Issues

October 20, 2022 at 2:30 PM ET| 1:30 PM CT

Edelman Global Advisory hosted the first of three moderated discussions to explore the key issues influencing voters – why they matter, how they matter and key inflection points to be mindful of. This session was moderated by Jeremy S. Thompson, EGA Vice President and former Harris for President Social Media Director, who will be joined by Andrea Hagelgans, Edelman's Managing Director, Social Issues Engagement and CCO for former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Marty Reiser, EGA Senior Advisor and former Policy Director for Rep. Steve Scalise.

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EGA midterms webinar 2: Economic Security

October 27, 2022 at 12 PM ET | 11 AM CT

Over 90% of Americans are concerned about the U.S. economy and inflation. 80% said the economy would play a major role in their voting decisions more than any other issue. 68% say the Biden administration could be doing more to combat inflation. It’s clear that the economy and is the number one issue on voters’ minds this election cycle. Yet, stakeholders on both sides of the aisle have strong views about what policies are best to guide the direction of our economy and our country.

Join Edelman Global Advisory for the second of three moderated discussions, exploring the issue top of mind for voters this cycle: the economy. This session will be moderated by Everett Eissenstat, EGA North American Chair and Economic Security lead, Jennifer “DJ” Nordquist, Executive Vice President at Economic Innovation Group, and Kevin Casey, Principal at S-3 Public Affairs.

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EGA midterms webinar 3: Safety & Security

November 1, 2022 at 2 PM ET | 1 PM CT

61% of Americans say violent crime is very important to their vote in the 2022 elections. This sentiment comes on the heels of a sharp rise in homicide - by 30% – in 2020, and an 11.7% jump in aggravated assaults. From Geopolitical Risks to Border Security to Gun Control, the multi-faceted issue of Safety & Security influences nearly every aspect of voters' lives - putting it at the forefront of this year's election cycle.

Join Edelman Global Advisory on Tuesday, November 1 at 2 pm ET for our third Midterms 2022 moderated discussion exploring Safety & Security and the impact this issue will have on the 2022 midterm elections. The discussion will be moderated by EGA Managing Director for Political Risk, Anne MacDonald and feature former United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas and Partner at Quinn Emmanuel, John Bash and former Philadelphia Mayor and EGA Advisory board member Michael Nutter.

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