CNN reporter says voters are ‘running to Republicans’ amid skyrocketing inflation

Analyzing poll numbers while on the air Tuesday, a CNN reporter said Republicans are enjoying their best position at this point in the midterms cycle since 1938.

The moment came during a segment on the show “Anderson Cooper 360.”

“The consumer price index is the worst it’s ever been in a midterm cycle since 1974, it’s the worst it’s been in any presidential cycle or midterm cycle since 1980,” CNN Senior Data Reporter Harry Enten said on the program.

Host Anderson Cooper asked Enten: Amid skyrocketing inflation, “which party do voters trust more right now?”

“We might as well call this segment the ‘not surprised’ segment,” Enten replied. “They much more trust the Republican Party — by 20 points, 51 percent to 31 percent, specifically on inflation.”

“It’s inflation that is driving these numbers, driving the numbers on the economy, and driving the negative perceptions abiding, and not surprisingly, voters are going the other way, running to Republicans.”

The main takeaway, Enten said, is not good news for Democrats.

“When you look at the generic congressional ballot…what do voters feel right now?” he said, referring to polling that shows Republicans currently enjoy a 3-percentage point polling lead on the generic ballot. “On the generic congressional ballot, we’re just looking at the best Republican positions dating all the way back to 1938, this is the best, I repeat the best Republican position on the generic congressional ballot basically of all time.”

It’s not the first time Enten has warned Democrats over their rough polling numbers.

In a CNN segment earlier this month, Enten pointed to a table highlighting how much gas prices have risen over the past year, and suggested Democrats should be concerned going into the 2022 midterms.

“I think that this table tells a story. This is the yearly change and the average gasoline prices at this point in the midterm cycle,” he said.

“Right now, we’re at the top. Up 53 percent from last year. That is the highest in any midterm cycle since 1994,” Enten continued. “And as a student of political history, I can’t help but notice the next highest ones, 2006, 2010, saw major gains for the opposition party in 2006 being the Democrats, 2010 being the Republicans.”

High gas prices are taking a toll on President Joe Biden’s job approval numbers, he added.

“When I see gas prices like you saw in the last slide, I can’t help but think I want to do a lot more walking,” Enten said. “You might be asking yourself, how is this impacting President Joe Biden look at his job performance on gas prices. I don’t have to be a mathematical expert to know 31 percent is a very, very bad number.

“The vast majority, more than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Joe Biden’s job on gas prices.”

Host Jake Tapper then asked Enten what sort of impact rising inflation was having on Biden’s poll numbers.

“You know, I hate to say it, if I were the president, but look at this. Basically the exact same approval rating. Joe Biden’s approval rating on inflation [is] just 28 percent,” Enten replied.

“Disapproval rating, two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Joe Biden’s job performance on inflation,” he added. “You know that is a very, very, very, very, very bad number when what is the most urgent issue facing Americans? Look at that, inflation, 33 percent, the clear runaway there.”