At least one man is likely to be surprised if the polls prove accurate and Republicans take control of the Senate. That’s Vice President Joe Biden, who insists that Democrats will retain control of the Senate because Americans agree with President Barack Obama on “every single major issue.”
Though nearly every election forecast and poll have found otherwise, Biden insisted in a Monday CNN interview that the polls and prognostications were wrong.
“I don’t agree with the oddsmakers,” Biden said. “I predict we’re gonna… keep the Senate.”
The Washington Post (97% chance Republicans win back the Senate), CNN (95%), New York Times (70%), and Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight (75.5%) are predicting that Republicans will win back the Senate, but Biden said he was confident in his assessment because Americans approve of Obama’s policies, which Obama said were on the ballot.
“If you look at every single major issue of the campaign, the American public agree with our position,” Biden claimed, cherry-picking issues like infrastructure, the minimum wage, and gay marriage.
Immigration: 34% approve, 60% disapprove
The economy: 41% approve, 56% disapprove
Terrorism: 41% approve, 54% disapprove
Ebola: 41% approve, 50% disapprove
Health care: 40% approve, 57 disapprove
Foreign policy: 36% approve, 57% disapprove
Combating ISIS: 35% approve, 56% disapprove
An ABC News/Washington Post poll also found that Obama now has an empathy problem, as “a career-low 46 percent say Obama understands the problems of people like them.” In addition, the survey revealed that only “44% view Obama favorably, 46% think he is a strong leader, 45% think he has good managerial skills, and 49% believe he can be trusted in a crisis.”
Biden also claimed that “there is no existential threat to the United States right now” and said Americans should not be anxious about ISIS and Ebola.
“I think the public should not be as anxious as they are,” Biden said. “But it’s understandable why they are. There is no existential threat to the United States right now. There are fewer than five cases of Ebola in the entire United States of America.”