Former President Barack Obama struck an upbeat tone when asked Tuesday about his thoughts on the upcoming midterm elections. “We got a story to tell, just got to tell it,” Obama said on his way out of a press conference with President Biden after being asked what he would say to Democrats who are worried about the upcoming midterms.
Obama’s comment comes as polling indicates Republicans are on track to outpace Democrats in November in part due to skyrocketing gas prices, inflation, chaos on the border, and perceived foreign policy failures by the Biden administration such as the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Forty-six percent of registered voters questioned in an NBC News national poll said they preferred a GOP-controlled Congress, compared to 44% who said they wanted Democrats to retain control.That two-point margin in the NBC News survey, which was conducted March 18-22, is the same as in a Fox News national poll in the field a few days earlier.
Republican voters questioned in the Fox News poll were 8 points more likely than Democrats to be extremely interested in the upcoming elections, and 7 points more likely to say the outcome is extremely important to them. And that enthusiasm gap was a larger 17-points in the NBC News survey.