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‘This country is getting angry when they go to the supermarket’ — GOP pollster says Democrats are going to be crushed in November

  • January 14, 2022

Discontent over skyrocketing inflation is the most important issue for voters heading into this year’s midterm election, and Democrats are going to pay the price, according to Frank Luntz, a longtime GOP pollster and strategist.

While Luntz is a Republican, he tends to take both parties to task when he feels they’re missing the mark on an issue.

“We’re not just anxious anymore. This country is getting angry when they go to the supermarket, when they fill up their tank,” Luntz told CNBC on Friday. “They’re going to take that anger out at the ballot box in November,” with the Democrats’ slim majorities in the House and Senate at stake.

Luntz said he can’t fathom why President Joe Biden is trying to paint such a rosy picture of the economy while many people are struggling with higher prices against the backdrop of the hardships of the continuing pandemic, and spiking Covid cases around the nation due to the highly contagious omicron variant.

Voters have given Biden poor marks on the economy in recent polling, including the latest CNBC/Change Research survey.

“There’s a complete disconnect between what they are being told and what they are experiencing,” Luntz said. “The reason inflation is so important politically and economically, it’s universal, ubiquitous and it’s understandable.” He added, “I think this is going to have a much bigger affect on the electoral outcome in November than things like the voting rights act or Jan. 6. This is hitting people where they live.”

Luntz bases a lot of his analysis on takeaways from focus groups with swing voters. In the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, for example, he predicted Biden would beat incumbent Donald Trump. However, before and after the election, the pollster was rather even handed in his criticism of both Trump and Biden, in interviews on CNBC.

“You can’t blame Republicans” for the high inflation, Luntz said Friday on “Squawk Box.” “This is only something that’s happened over the last year.”

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