NBC’s Chuck Todd Warns Democrats Are In ‘Shellacking Territory’ For Upcoming Midterms

NBC’s Chuck Todd Warns Democrats Are In ‘Shellacking Territory’ For Upcoming Midterms

NBC News host Chuck Todd warned Democrats on Sunday that they were nearing  “shellacking territory” for the upcoming midterms as President Joe Biden is consistently pulling in low approval rating numbers and many Americans say that the country is headed in the wrong direction.

“President Biden’s news conference on Wednesday was designed to kick off a second-year reset of his presidency, recapture his political identity if you will, but our new NBC News poll suggests Mr. Biden does need a reset, because he’s lost his identity a bit,” Todd said. “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.”

“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,” he continued. “I’m going to start with perhaps the most important number to understand the direction of the midterms, its job approval here, the president’s job approval rating sitting at 43%. If you look at history, history shows that kind of presidential approval rating leads to a shellacking for the party in power.”

“How about the mood of the nation? Let me show you this, right now our wrong track, nations 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 thirty years where we’ve had two tracks that off,” he added. “That again would put you in shellacking territory for the party in power.”

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NBC’s Chuck Todd: Joe Biden is “no longer seen as competent and effective. He’s no longer seen as a good commander-in-chief.”
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TRANSCRIPT:

CHUCK TODD, NBC HOST: And a good Sunday morning. President Biden’s news conference on Wednesday was designed to kick off a second-year reset of his presidency, recapture his political identity if you will, but our new NBC News poll suggests Mr. Biden does need a reset, because he’s lost his identity a bit. 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. 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. And as we kick off our “Meet the Midterms” coverage heading into November, the NBC News political unit developed what we’re calling a “Midterm Meter.” It’s based on previous election cycles and it’s basically three poll numbers you need to know best. I’m going to start with perhaps the most important number to understand the direction of the midterms, its job approval here, the president’s job approval rating sitting at 43%. If you look at history, history shows that kind of presidential approval rating leads to a shellacking for the party in power. How about the mood of the nation? Let me show you this, right now our wrong track, nations 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 thirty years where we’ve had two tracks that off. That again would put you in shellacking territory for the party in power. The one place Democrats are holding up okay is on the question of which party should control congress: basically a dead heat, one point advantage there, 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. This is a dangerous place for the party and the president to be at the one-year mark of this presidency.

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