Harold Hutchison, DCNF
President Joe Biden faces “awful” poll numbers for the upcoming midterm elections which could be devastating for Democrats’ hopes, CNN’s senior data reporter told host Anderson Cooper Tuesday evening.
“I compare it to Carter at this point in his presidency,” Harry Enten told Cooper on “Anderson Cooper 360.” “Look at the disapproval rating Joe Biden has on inflation right now. It’s over 70%. Carter was not even there at this point in mid-1978.”
Enten pointed to polling data from ABC News/Ispos showing Biden had a 71% disapproval rating for handling inflation compared to what Enten claimed was Carter’s 66% disapproval rating in 1978.
“When you’re doing worse than Jimmy Carter’s doing in the minds of Americans on inflation, you know they’re holding you responsible for the conditions that are currently on the ground that are hurting Americans in their pocketbooks,” Enten said.
Enten noted that monthly consumer sentiment was the worst since the University of Michigan began tracking it in 1952, with 1980 posting the second and third worst measurements.
“On the generic congressional ballot, we’re going back to 1938, this is the best – I repeat – the best Republican position on the generic congressional ballot basically of all time at this point in a midterm cycle,” Enten said. “And if you look at any other ones that are anywhere close, 2010, 1998, 2002, who won in those midterms? All of them resulted in Republican majorities.”
The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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