Last Saturday was our third summer canvassing, which means we had to revert to canvassing with drivers to make sure they were not stressed by the weather. But we know how to do this, to keep our volunteers safe and protected. Also mean we bought cooling towels!
We are knocking on doors in Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin — all critical states that will determine the Senate majority for the next two years. And nothing is more important this election than maintaining a Democratic Senate and even expanding upon it.
1,817 volunteers came out to knock on doors for Hope Springs from Field PAC last Saturday. This is our new high for volunteers — something I hope we exceed again and again this summer. After all, we are trying to knock 2 million doors before Labor Day and we have a ways to go! These volunteers knocked on 125,557 doors, and had conversations with 8,593 voters. The number of doors we knocked was another new high, but the number of voters we talked to was not! More doors but about 500 fewer voters than last week, which happens when a.) volunteers get diverted to driving cooling vehicles to keep canvassers safe, and b.) it’s still hot out there!
We walk with an Issues Canvass, where we ask voters what they think and whether they had a message for their elected officials. 5,288 voters answered questions from the survey, in whole or in part. Almost everyone who responded answered at least two of the questions (‘do you have a message for your Congress critter’ and ‘what is their opinion of the job Biden is doing’). 2,923 voters (55%) told us that they have a favorable opinion of the job Biden was doing as president. 1,653 voters (31%) didn’t express an opinion of the president at this time. 712 voters (13%) said they had a negative impression of the job the president was doing.
The Economy, which broadly means concerns over recession or tourism, was the most frequent concern in Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Wisconsin. The rising price of gas was the Top Issue from our questionnaire in Arizona, Ohio and Pennsylvania this week. We continue to hear a lot of comments about price increases and how it is effecting voters’ wallets. And people continue to tell us that Democrats should talk about it more, and, more specifically, that we should be more forward looking and outline steps to address it. Voters want their pain acknowledged and solutions being offered by candidates in order to support them in November.
Crime was the number 2 issue in Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio. Gun Violence was the second most frequent issue mentioned in Pennsylvania. The Economy was second in Arizona. In Florida it was Inflation; in Nevada, it was Public Safety; and Health Care Costs was second in Wisconsin.
Reproductive Rights was the third most frequent response in Florida, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Gun Violence was third in Arizona and Ohio. Crime was the number 3 concern in Wisconsin this week; and Fair Elections was third in Georgia.
Hope Springs from Field PAC is knocking on doors in a grassroots-led effort to increase awareness of the fact that Democrats care about our voters and are working to protect their rights. We are thinking about how to mitigate Voter Suppression efforts, get around them and make sure we have "super compliance," both informing and helping our voters meet the requirements and get out and vote. We are taking those efforts to the doors of the communities most effected (the intended targets or victims) of these new voter suppression laws.
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Hope Springs from Field PAC was started by former Obama Field Organizers because field was the cornerstone of our success. The approach we adopted was focused on listening, on connecting voters and their story to the candidate and our cause. Repeated face to face interactions are critical. And we are among those who believe that Democrats didn’t do as well in the 2020 Congressional races as expected because we didn’t knock on doors. We are returning to the old school basics: repeated contacts, repeated efforts to remind them of protocols, meeting them were they are. Mentoring those who need it (like first time and newly registered voters). Reminding, reminding, reminding, and then chasing down those voters whose ballots need to be cured.
Hope Springs has targeted states that have competitive Senate races in 2022 as well as districts that are remapped in ways that offer opportunities or vulnerabilities for Democrats next year. There are places we need to defend (Georgia, Arizona and Nevada) and there are opportunities. Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are such opportunities.
We ask voters who talk to us whether they approve or disapprove of the job the president, their incumbent Senator (up for election this year), and how their governor (if they are up for election this year) is doing. After the primaries, we ask about the Democratic Senate and Gubernatorial nominees.
In Florida, 56% of the voters we talked to who responded had a favorable impression of President Biden but only 24% had a favorable impression of Senator Rubio. 3% had a favorable impression of Governor DeSantis last week. Remember that we are only knocking on doors of households with Democratic and Independent voters in Central Florida; we don’t include households that only have Republicans in them. 27% of Florida voters we talked to disapproved of the job Rubio has done in the Senate and a significant majority (61%) disapproved the job by DeSantis.
In Arizona, 48% of the voters we talked to responded they had a favorable impression of President Biden and 74% had a favorable impression of Senator Kelly. It is kind of interesting that Kelly is now generally polling this much above Biden. 16% of them had a favorable impression of their retiring Governor Doug Ducey while 31% had an unfavorable view.
In Georgia, 61% of the voters we talked to approved of the job President Biden was doing. 75% approved of the job Senator Warnock was doing. Only 14% approved of the job Governor Kemp was doing. 64% of the voters we talked to last week had a favorable impression of Stacey Abrams. The trend lines in SW Georgia are kind of interesting. Again, we are talking to households identified in the VAN model as Democratic and Independent voters (Georgia doesn’t have party registration). We do our best to eliminate Republican households although we do get mixed addresses, where someone is a Democrat (usually a female or younger voter) and someone is a Republican (usually male).
In North Carolina, 57% of the voters we talked to approved of the job President Biden was doing. 61% of the voters we talked to approved of the job Governor Cooper was doing. Since the Democratic nominee for Senate is now official, we also asked about Cheri Beasley, the former Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court. 74% of the people we talked to had a favorable impression of Justice Beasley.
In Nevada, 54% of the voters we talked to approved of the job President Biden was doing. 49% had a favorable impression of the job Senator Cortez Masto was doing. 55% of voters approved of the job Governor Sisolak was doing. Both them had higher numbers during the time Nevada had their primary, so we can assume benefited from increased advertising and name recognition. Whereas 18% of the Nevada voters we talked to had a negative impression of President Biden (the week’s high), only 6% had a negative view of the senator and 9% had a negative view of the governor.
In Ohio, in our third week of canvassing, 51% of the voters we talked to approved of the job President Biden was doing. 71% approved of the job Tim Ryan was doing. 49% approved of the job that Governor DeWine was doing.
In Pennsylvania, in our third week of canvassing, 56% of the voters we talked to approved of the job President Biden was doing. 51% had a favorable opinion of John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. 57% had a favorable view of Josh Shapiro, the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania governor. Remember, we are knocking on Democratic and independent doors, and we endeavor to exclude (exclusively) Republican households.
In Wisconsin, in our fourth week of canvassing, 55% of the voters we talked to approved of the job President Biden was doing, 14% disapproved. 3% approved of the job Senator Johnson was doing while 58% of the voters we talked to disapproved of their senator. 51% approved of the job that Governor Evers was doing; 11% disapproved.
Each week, we ask the voters we talk to if they approve or disapprove of the Democratic Party. The point here is to identify strong partisans and weaker independents. As you can see, voter responses for this is all over the place, what I would call a roller coaster. 8 percentage points now separate Biden’s approval ratings in Nevada (week’s low) and Pennsylvania (week’s high). Remember that we don’t knock on doors of Republican households even though there are definitely doors of mixed party households we canvass. But we are getting interesting feedback from voters, even from those whom seem inclined to support the president.
The Disapproval rate is also pretty wavy. There is a 13 percentage point divergence between Pennsylvania (week’s low) and Arizona (week’s high). I believe this is the first time that a state has had both the highest and the lowest approval rate of the Democratic Party. What is interesting now (this didn’t used to be the case) that you can really identify Fox viewers with this question, not from their answers, per se, but from their response to the question. Our volunteers ask about the Democratic party, but we do have voters who will seek to correct them, saying something like, “You mean the Democrat Party?” We don’t correct them (if because it isn’t a discussion worth wasting time over), but many of the volunteers will make a note of it. And it is interesting because we see this more in Ohio than in, say, Arizona. So if you see Tim Ryan advertising on Fox News (sic), you will understand why.
153 people filled out new voter registration forms for their states during last weekend’s canvassing (we collected no new voter registrations in Georgia, where there was a primary) and another 595 voters updated their address, as required by HAVA. We differentiate between the two because brand new voters are often ignored by campaigns and we hope to compensate for that somewhat by having volunteers send them post cards before the election and they are also getting robocalls thanking them for registering. In total, we have registered or re-registered 7,259 people at their doors this year.
We collected 669 Constituent Service Request Forms this week. In general, we send these to Democratic elected officials responsible for the requested functions, but if the appropriate office is held by a Republican, we still send it along. For Democrats, though, we encourage them to reach out immediately to the voter who filled out the CSR and let them know they are working on the issue. This credit-taking is enormously valuable to the Democratic office-holder.
We continue to walk with Incident Reports and 107 voters (mostly in Georgia and North Carolina, which just had a primary election) filled them out on last Saturday. We pass along Incident Reports to the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and NALEO (those that correspond to Hispanic precincts), and send copies to state Democratic Party committees. But our purpose is to combine this information with the two independent databases of voting incidents to look for patterns before the election and use that information for warning district, state and U.S. attorneys’ offices that we could see those patterns resurface on election day. We will also use it to target Election Day Protection activity.
By starting early, and aiming towards super-compliance with these really, really onerous provisions in some states, Hope Springs from Field PAC seeks to undermine that strategy, while informing voters about the new laws and regulations aimed at them. There’s a lot of work to be done, but fortunately, the three states that are making it most difficult are also states in which you can knock on doors at least 10 months out of the year. And, with your help, we will be there, getting our people to super-comply with these restrictive provisions.
If you are able to support our efforts to protect Democratic voters, especially in minority communities, expand the electorate, and believe in grassroots efforts to increase voter participation and election protection, please help:
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