(Daily Caller) NBC data expert Steve Kornacki explained why Republicans could do well in the November midterm elections during a Tuesday morning appearance on NBC’s “Today Show.”
“We talked about the economy and inflation being important issues. How about this? This is a ‘New York Times poll,’ brand new here, asking voters what’s the top issue on your mind this election? I haven’t seen it this dramatic in a poll. Add the economy and inflation together, that is 44%,” Kornacki told host Savannah Guthrie.
“We’re getting close to half of all respondents in this poll saying that’s their top issue,” Kornaci continued. “Nothing else even cracks 10% right now. And we’ve talked about the Republicans, when it comes to the economy and inflation, having a pretty clear advantage in the polls.”
Slightly more than one in four voters, 26%, considered the economy the top issue, while 18% believed that inflation and the cost of living was the most important issue, according to the New York Times poll conducted with Siena College. In a CBS News poll, 48% of respondents said they believed Democratic policies had harmed the economy.
Kornacki then discussed the generic ballot for Congress, noting that Republicans were gaining support, citing the RealClearPolitics average. The CBS News poll showed a two-point GOP lead, while a Harvard/Harris poll showed a six-point lead for Republicans, a Trafalgar survey showed a five-point lead and a Rasmussen pollshowed a seven-point lead for the GOP.
“We were here a week ago taking you through the generic ballot, and a week ago this number was inside of one point,” Kornacki said. “You had the inflation news over the last week, certainly didn’t help the Democrats, and it seems as the economy moves to center stage Republicans are improving chances here.”
Guthrie also noted that proposing solutions to the crime crisis was helping some Republican candidates, like Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.