The People’s Pundit Rich Baris joined “Quite Frankly” for a rare extended interview Tuesday night, in which he told Republican voters “it’s healthy to worry” about voter complacency ahead of elections.
PPD’s editor-in-chief and director of Big Data Poll, the most accurate pollster of 2016, said polling does show “some signs of complacency with the [Republican] base” but that it’s way too early for Big Media to honestly discuss the possibility of a “blue wave” in the November midterms.
“Well, I’m not an alarmist. But it’s healthy to worry. We do see some signs of complacency in the Republican base and the independents are being finicky. There going back and forth and back and forth. Just to stick your head in the sand doesn’t help,” he said. “I see a lot of that on Twitter. I get a lot of that from people out there telling me it’s too early, and it is. We’ll get a much better picture around Labor Day of what’s really happening.”
“So, the average voter, especially an average Trump voter, is not paying attention 24/7. That kind of voter tunes out the news,” he said. “They don’t care about special elections. But Republican voters do and they’re depressed.”
The People’s Pundit identified the party’s failure to repeal ObamaCare last summer as the genesis of Republican voter frustration. But he’s still not ready to subscribe to the belief that Democrats will take back control of the U.S. House in November.
“I’m just not there yet. Basically, what I see with these elections is that there are no big, significant percentages of mind-changers out there,” he added. “I’m not there yet because I’m not seeing evidence of mind-changing.”
He noted that Democrats need to carry districts in which they’ve been unable to make considerable gains. He specifically pointed to the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District as “a perfect example” of their failure to win among demographic blocs who gave Republicans their House majority.