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Most Americans are confident that votes will be accurately cast and counted, but the partisan gap in election accuracy has never been wider.

Four in 10 U.S. registered voters say they have already voted or plan to vote before Election Day, a higher proportion than in prior midterm elections.

The political environment for the 2022 midterms should work to the benefit of the Republican Party, based on national mood indicators.

Americans are giving the elections less thought and are less enthusiastic about voting than in 2018, a year of unprecedented voter turnout.

Registered voters rate the economy as the most important factor influencing their vote this midterm election cycle, but abortion and crime are close behind.

A record-high 56% of U.S. adults say there is more local crime than last year, while 78% -- tied for the highest since 1993 -- perceive more national crime.

Americans' trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly remains near the historical low, with sharply differing views among partisans.

Gallup polling shows majority support for election-law policies that make voting easier and opposition to those that make voting harder -- with the exception of photo ID requirements.

After peaking at 62% in early 2021, Americans' desire to see a third major party emerge in the country has dropped to 56%, which is about average for this trend.

Americans view the Republican Party slightly more favorably than the Democratic Party, yet both parties are rated negatively on balance. The GOP is still seen as better able to handle international threats and ensure prosperity.

The Economic Confidence Index rose slightly in September, building on gains seen in August. But the index is still highly negative ahead of the midterms.

Approval of Congress is trending upward and is now at its highest point in 2022, due primarily to improved ratings from Democrats.

Fifty-six percent of Americans say rising prices are causing their household financial hardship, up from 49% in January.

After hitting a new low in July, President Joe Biden's job approval rating is up six points to 44%, mostly because of independents' higher approval.

An estimated 5.6% of U.S. adults rate their lives poorly enough to be categorized as "suffering," the highest level in 14 years of measurement.

While the Silent Generation and baby boomers have become less likely to identify as political independents as they have aged, Generation X and millennials are maintaining high levels of independent identification.

Americans offer mixed guidance on the future of immigration, although slightly more now say they want it decreased than increased. The shift is driven by Republicans.

A steady 39% of Americans say they have felt the urge to protest, and abortion is currently the top issue motivating them to do so.

An analysis of Gallup data since 2001 finds younger Republicans' concern about the quality of the environment is significantly higher than that of older Republicans.

Americans' confidence in two facets of the news media -- newspapers and television news -- has fallen to record low points.