Joy Behar, co-host of “The View,” said that it was sad and depressing that more Americans care about the economy than liberal causes in a new poll.
Behar’s cohosts were discussing whether political debates can be useful on Tuesday when Behar interrupted to direct the conversation toward the New York Times/Siena College poll results.
“Well, it’s sad that the New York Times published a poll today showing that 71% of voters believe democracy is at risk. Behar stated that only 7% of voters consider democracy a major concern during this election cycle.
She added, “I find it so depressing that I can’t even begin to tell you.”
Whoopi Goldberg joked, “That’s why polls don’t appeal to me.”
Behar replied, “Well, you could debate the poll but this is what people are saying.”
“I understand. I mean inflation has people struggling and stressed. It’s depressing. If you can’t get gas in your car because you know inflation, rents, and everything else are piling up due to various reasons, then you know one is the pandemic,” she said before correcting herself by blaming her mistake on the Iraq War.
She continued, “But to believe that the other party will be able to solve these problems is really absurd because the Republican Party is happy for corporations to never pay another tax the remainder of their lives, they will cut Social Security and they’re going cut lunches to children,” she said.
They won’t help you so why vote for them? Behar asked. “And yet, it’s so close that people don’t understand what the stakes are. It’s saddening and depressing to me.”
MSNBC viewers had similar reactions when Joe Scarborough, “Morning Joe,” criticized Democrats for the poll results. He was also accused of supporting fascism for documenting the negative report.
On Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker (D-Calif.), also responded to the poll. She rejected the results outright and tried to downplay voter attitudes about the economy, even though she acknowledged that inflation was partly due to President Joe Biden’s policies.
Here’s Behar’s video: