NBC News anchor Chuck Todd warned Sunday that Democrats could face a “shellacking” in the 2022 midterm elections.
What did Todd say?
Reacting to a grim new NBC News survey, the “Meet the Press” host admitted that President Joe Biden’s perception is quickly sinking and warned that Democrats could lose big time in the 2022 midterm elections.
According to Todd, Biden needs “a reset” because he has “lost his identity.”
“He’s no longer seen as competent and effective, no longer seen as a good commander in chief or — perhaps most damaging — as easy going and likable,” Todd said. “In fact, just five percent of adults say Mr. Biden has performed better than expected as president — one of the many lowests, firsts, and fewests in our poll.”
Todd then turned to Biden’s job approval as indicated by the poll, which stands at just 43%.
“If you look at history, history shows that kind of presidential approval rating leads to a shellacking for the party in power,” Todd observed.
But even worse, the poll indicated that 72% of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Todd explained that metric spells even more bad news for Democrats if they hope to maintain their control of Congress in November.
“Right now our wrong track — nation’s on the wrong track number — sitting at 72%, second poll in a row where we’ve been over 70%. This is only the third time in our poll’s history over 30 years where we’ve had two tracks that off,” Todd explained. “That again would put you in shellacking territory for the party in power.”
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And the one positive metric from the poll for Democrats is not actually positive, Todd observed.
“The one place Democrats are holding up OK is on the question of which party should control Congress— basically a dead heat, one point advantage there,” Todd said. “But most analysts will tell you Democrats have to be up by about four or five due to redistricting in order to actually hold the House here, so that puts it in the middle.”
“But as you can see, two of our three most important indexes is sitting in shellacking territory right now for the Democrats,” he continued. “This is a dangerous place for the party and the president to be at the one-year mark of this presidency.”
The NBC News survey was not the only poll unfavorable to Biden published on Sunday.
A new Fox News survey found that 6 in 10 voters would back someone other than Biden if the 2024 presidential election were held today. That poll also found that Biden’s approval is underwater.