President Biden’s address last Wednesday emphasized the point “democracy is on the ballot.” He claimed that according to polls, it was an important issue to Americans. However, during an election night panel CNN anchor, Dana Bash, said democracy was not in the top 5 issues Americans were concerned about for this election.
“You know what’s missing from these one, two, three, four, five, top five issues? Democracy,” Bash said. “It’s not even in here, that’s not to say that it’s not an issue for people, but it doesn’t even come close.”
Biden briefly addressed the core issues affecting Americans but carried on with a plea for democracy.
“I know there is a lot at stake in these midterm elections, from our economy, to the safety of our streets, to our personal freedoms, to the future of healthcare and Social Security and Medicare. It’s all important,” Biden said, “But there is something else at stake: democracy itself.”
It is uncertain what poll Biden referenced to back up the following statement, but a CNN exit poll confirmed that inflation is the number one issue on voters' minds this year.
“I’m not the only one who sees it. Recent polls have shown that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe our democracy at — is at risk, that our democracy is under threat,” Biden said. “They too see that democracy is on the ballot this year, and they’re deeply concerned about it.”
The top five voter issues showed to be inflation, abortion, crime, gun policy and immigration.
Polls also showed a majority dissatisfaction with Biden’s presidency.