CNN Poll Shows Americans Want Less Inflation, Not More Abortions

National   |   Mark Finkelstein   |   Sep 20, 2022   |   2:10PM   |   Washington, DC

What one word is at the center of Democrat strategy for the midterms? Abortion–or “right to choose/women’s health care,” to employ two of the Democrats’ favorite euphemisms.

So when CNN devotes a segment to a Gallup poll showing the economy/inflation as the clear #1 issue to voters, and abortion at the bottom of the list, the liberal network naturally spins this as . . . good news for Democrats!!

CNN polling maven Harry Enten was a guest on today’s New Day. Enten displayed that list of issues concerning to Americans, as per a recent Gallup poll. And there at the top, the economy. The CNN chyron pushed “Why High Inflation Doesn’t Seem to Be Hurting Democrats.”

According to Enten, while the economy leads the list, the percentage of Americans naming it as the number one problem isn’t as high as in other years. And that’s because, per Enten, while the news on inflation is bad, the news on employment is good.

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But, incredibly, Enten and co-host John Berman totally ignored and made no mention of the item at the very bottom of the list: abortion. We’ve circled it in red for your viewing convenience.

If the economy, rated #1 by 37%, isn’t hurting Democrats, then surely abortion, at only 5%, can’t be helping them much at all.

This was a textbook example of the liberal media cherry-picking statistics to spin them in the way most favorable to Democrats. In doing so, CNN whistled past the graveyard of millions of unborn children.

PS: In his online version of this analysis, Enten also tried to play up Democrats on abortion: “One big reason the 2022 election looks to be about something other than the economy is the US Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. That marked a turning point in the national political environment (in favor of Democrats).”

On New Day, CNN downplaying the significance of polling showing that the #1 problem for Americans is the economy, while ignoring the fact that the bottom issue on the list is abortion, was sponsored in part by Verizon, Skechers, Amazon, Subway, and United Healthcare. Note: Mark Finkelstein has a B.S. from Cornell University, an Ed.M. and a J.D. magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo, and an LL.M. from Harvard. He lives in Ithaca, NY where he hosts “Right Angle,” a local political talk show. Finkelstein is a Contributing Editor at MRC’s NewsBusters blog, where this article originally appeared.