CNN data analyst admits Jan 6 hearings haven’t helped Democrats ahead of midterms: ‘It’s inflation’

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On Sunday, President Joe Biden futilely attempted to lay all of the blame for the damage his policies have wrought on the backs of congressional Republicans and, according to CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten, that may be the only play Democrats have left if they hope to win in November.

The analyst joined Jake Tapper on “The Lead” Monday with the findings of a Quinnipiac University Poll that focused on the Jan. 6 committee hearings and whether or not they were having an impact on voter preference ahead of the midterms. Conducted between June 17-20, the poll was not promising despite claims that a considerable majority were engaged in the spectacle.

“Are voters paying attention to these hearings,” Tapper asked, “and what are you finding there?”

“Overall, the majority of Americans are following these hearings very or at least somewhat closely…and in fact a majority of Republicans at 51 percent” fit into that category Enten explained as he slow-walked CNN’s viewers toward his conclusion.

“Is it really changing anybody’s mind?” he posited as he presented the poll question “In thinking about the 2020 presidential election and former President Donald Trump’s efforts to change the results, do you think former President Trump committed a crime, or not?”

Enten juxtaposed the recent data with polling from April 2022 that showed overall, there had been no change in the percent of people that feel Trump had committed a crime with that number holding steady at 46 percent. Democrats actually changed their opinion, though only marginally, with 85 percent agreeing to the premise as opposed to 87 percent in April.

On the other hand, an increased number of Republicans found guilt in Trump jumping from 6 to 15 percent, but the majority still believed that Trump had not committed a crime.

Tapper followed up these findings, questioning the data reporter on whether “these hearings changed” the outlook of the midterms to which he received the blunt response, “Not really, no.”

In June Enten had reported that on a “generic congressional ballot…this is the best Republican position, basically of all time,” with voters putting their trust in Republicans to handle inflation by plus 20 points.

 

Monday he compared those findings to the present and said, “Before the hearing began, you know, they began on June 9 – on June 8, my average of the polls had Republicans plus three points. Now, where is it? Republicans plus two points. You could make the argument that maybe there was a slight change, but the fact is there’s so much news going on, this is not much of a change at all.”

“And I think there’s a pretty good reason why,” Enten stated bringing the results back around to inflation which 33 percent of Americans found to be the number one issue at this point.

“The top issue for Americans at this point is not the Jan. 6 committee hearings. It is not Donald Trump,” he emphasized. “It’s inflation.”

Therefore, it’s no wonder that Biden seemingly abandoned his “Putin Price Hike” rhetoric in favor of claiming “Republicans are doing nothing but obstructing our efforts to crack down on gas-price gouging, lower food prices, lower healthcare costs, and hopefully, soon, lower your prescription drug costs. This is not right. And that’s why this election is going to be so darn important.”

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