On Sunday, a CNN panel sounded the alarm over a new poll that showed President Biden trailing well behind former President Donald Trump in several key battleground states.
According to a New York Times poll, in collaboration with Siena College, Trump is up between 4 to 10 percentage points among registered voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania, five of the six key swing states. Additionally, Biden only leads in Wisconsin, where he leads by just two points. The RCP aggregates for each of those states line up with the results of the New York Times’ poll.
Biden won all six of the above states during the 2020 election.
CNN’s Dana Bash asked the “State of the Union” panelists about what she said must be a “five alarm fire” poll for the White House.
Karen Finney, the former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, said that while the results were on trend with past presidential campaigns, she hoped the results were setting off alarm bells in the White House.
“There’s clearly more going on underneath the surface that this poll doesn’t tell us. And that is where elections were won. Understanding not just the what, but the why. The second thing I would say, though, is, yes, I hope it is an alarm for the campaign. And I hope it shows particularly when you look at young voters and voters of color, that while they have made important early investments in reaching out to those electorates, we have to keep doing it. We can’t take anything for granted,” she said.
Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-TX) was then asked about how the president was the furthest behind in the most diverse swing states.
“It’s really scary for me,” she said. “Because here is the deal. Perception is reality. And so when you look at the data provided in this poll, it talks about how people feel. And when people decide whether they’re going to the poll or not going to the poll, it is all about how you feel in that moment. And so while the facts may not align with their feelings, they’re feelings are dictating their reality, their reality is that they feel better or felt better when Trump was in office.”
She argued that Democrats were trying to push back, and claimed that many Americans didn’t understand civics.
The Republicans on the panel added similar comments, with former Republican congresswoman Barbara Comstock claiming that “MAGA” doesn’t win general elections, while Kristen Soltis Anderson, a Republican pollster, said many Americans who don’t like Trump still believe he was better for them “at the bank.”
“What I see are a lot of Americans who would say, look ‘I think Donald Trump is not a good guy. He’s a crook.’ But he was better for my pocketbook and that is where Democrats really have a problem,” she said.
“Joe Biden has been out, going around the country talking about Bidenomics. Which is frankly a phrase that I think the Republicans are more likely to deploy as we get closer to November if Americans continue to feel that fuel, food, housing et cetera, are all getting month more expensive, and they look back on the Trump presidency and say, yeah, he’s crazy, yeah that was unpleasant in 500 different way, but it was better at the bank,” she continued.
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