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Joy Behar, one of the cohosts of the ABC Daytime show “The View,” is depressed.
She is depressed because she does not comprehend how a “threat to Democracy” is not the number one thing on people’s minds this election and she cannot comprehend how they would vote Republican. But the average person does not have a net worth of $30 million and an annual salary of $7 million, Celebrity Net Worth reported.
Therefore it may be tough for her to comprehend how the average person sees the prices that they are paying for goods and services as their top issue. Behar informed the viewers of her show that “the Republican Party is not going to help you.”
“Well, what’s depressing is that the New York Times released a poll today that says that 70% of voters agree that democracy is under threat,” the cohost said.
“But only 7% of voters rank a threat to democracy as a major issue this election cycle,” she said.
“I find that so depressing, I can’t begin to tell you. The Republican Party is happy to let corporations never pay another tax the rest of their days, they will cut Social Security, they’re going to cut lunches for children,” she said but cited no evidence.
“They are not going to help you, so why would you vote for them? And yet, I see that it’s very close, that people are not understanding what the stakes are. And I find it, I find it sad and depressing,” she said.
Her co-host Sunny Hostin agreed.
“What I found depressing because I was riveted to the debates I think they’re so interesting,” she said.
“I realized from this morning that something like 10% of voters change their mind based on debates, going into the midterms, you know most people have already decided – two months in, they’ve decided who they’re going to vote for,” the co-host said.
“So it’s almost as if they don’t matter about the policies, they don’t matter what about people have done, they don’t matter, the character doesn’t matter, it just matters which jersey they’re wearing,” she said.
Republican Alyssa Farah Griffin attempted to talk some sense to her fellow cohosts.
“I want to say this respectfully, I worry there might be a blind spot about at this table is the fact that the average American family lost $6,000 in annual wages last year due to inflation,” the cohost said.
“Blame Biden or don’t but there is a reason that Tim Ryan is running in Ohio away from Biden and away from Nancy Pelosi,” she said.
HOW MUCH DO TELEVISED DEBATES MATTER? #TheView co-hosts weigh in on yesterday’s heated debates across the country ahead of the critical midterm elections. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/NeJ2nipqP7
— The View (@TheView) October 18, 2022
President Joe Biden and, by default the Democratic Party he presides over, is getting the lion’s share of the blame for the country’s worsening inflation.
Just weeks out from the November midterm elections, according to a new survey from CBS News, Republicans are likely to retake control of at least the House as a majority of respondents put the blame for higher prices on Biden.
“The CBS/YouGov Battleground Tracker poll surveyed 2068 registered voters between October 12th and 14th, asking a number of questions about the upcoming elections, the overall state of the economy, and whether or not they were satisfied with the direction the country was heading,” The Daily Wire reported, citing the outlet’s survey data.
A new CBS News poll shows Republicans are still favored to capture the House, with an estimated 224-seat majority. Democrats had been narrowing the gap, but that momentum has stalled. @debraalfarone is in Washington with details. pic.twitter.com/cTeZ3fntvA
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 16, 2022
“The worst news for Democrats came from the questions about the economy, as 65% of those polled said that they felt like the United States economy was getting worse compared to only 15% who believed it was getting better. Another 20% said that the economy was staying the same,” The Daily Wire added.
Gas prices have begun rising again in many parts of the country, and that’s not helping Democrats or Biden, either, as 63 percent of those surveyed said they are seeing increases again, while just 13 percent said fuel prices were falling where they live. In August, by comparison, 53 percent said prices were tumbling and just 16 percent said they were rising.
Democrats were also getting most of the blame. The survey found that nearly half — 48 percent — said Democrats and Democratic policies were to blame for the inflationary economy, while fewer than one-third, or 29 percent, said Dem policies were helping. Meanwhile, more than two thirds, or 68 percent, said Biden could be doing more to combat inflation while just 29 percent said he was already doing what he could.
GOP operative Nathan Brand tweeted out some of the survey’s results: “NEW CBS Poll: Voters hold Biden responsible for the state of the economy. 71% say he bears a lot or some responsibility for an economy that 65% of voters say is getting worse.”
NEW CBS Poll: Voters hold Biden responsible for the state of the economy. 71% say he bears a lot or some responsibility for an economy that 65% of voters say is getting worse. https://t.co/Aeym2Q8vI8 pic.twitter.com/3oK0dBOohD
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) October 16, 2022
Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report showing that the Producer Price Index ticked up 0.4 percent in September, after falling 0.2 percent in August.
“Prices for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services advanced 0.4 percent in September, the largest rise since increasing 0.5 percent in May,” the BLS report read. “For the 12 months ended in September, the index for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services moved up 5.6 percent. … Most of the September increase is attributable to a 0.6-percent rise in the index for final demand services less trade, transportation, and warehousing.”