April 2nd, 2010
08:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama: Midterms will be hard

President Obama is predicting a difficult set of midterm elections.
President Obama is predicting a difficult set of midterm elections.

Washington (CNN) – How tough will the midterm elections be for the Democratic Party?

Here's President Obama's take:

"These November elections, as Tim said, will be hard - partly because this country is still divided, and after 2006 and 2008 we hit a very high watermark in terms of Democratic representation in Congress and governorships and we're in the midst of what is still a very difficult time," said Obama Thursday night during comments he gave at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Tim he's referring to former Virginia governor and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, who introduced the president at the event.

Talking about his party's agenda, Obama went on to say that "we've got more to do - we are not finished."

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released earlier this week, 55 percent of Republicans say they are now extremely or very enthusiastic about voting this November, 19 points ahead of the 36 percent of Democrats who say they feel the same way about casting ballots in the midterms.

The survey also indicates the Republicans hold a 49 percent to 45 percent advantage on the "generic ballot" question for Congress.

The generic ballot question asks respondents if they would vote for a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district, without naming any specific candidates. The Democrats currently hold a 253-177 advantage in the House, with four seats that the Democrats once held vacant and one seat that the GOP held vacant. Republicans need to win 40 seats to take back control of the chamber.

The poll also indicates that a sizable amount of respondents say their votes are not set in stone, with 4 in ten questioned saying they could change their minds between now and November.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Angus McDugan

    Yep. Americans don't like to be unfairly taxed. Just ask England.

    April 2, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. Right Leaning Independent

    Not to mention that most Americans hate this presidents ultra liberal agenda! Yes, a large majority voted for him but they did so because they were upset with Republicans. They did not realize the change they were going to get because most folks do not understand the candidates positions when they vote! Not that Obama participated congressional votes which would show people where he stood!

    April 2, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. Right Leaning Independent

    I hope they are crushing for the entitlement friendly candidates in both parties and that we get more business friendly folks in Washington and local government offices!!! I am tired of the government entitlement hand outs!!

    April 2, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. Bart

    They failed, get them out.

    April 2, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Hardly Hard

    If you voted for heathcare reform, your job should be secure. If you voted against it, you'll be out of a job.

    April 2, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Anonymous

    i think this is going to be the democrats year for a big downfall.they are going to be put out!this is going to be a big year and victory for the republicans.i am an independent and will not vote for obama.we will not forget what pelosi,reed and obama did against the american people.fraud!

    April 2, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. John

    ya think?!!!

    it'll be hard for all democrats..... you can book that...

    April 2, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. James from Columbia, MO

    We have got to get the 08 voters out in droves somehow this November. Legislative victories, as they were promised, will help with that.

    April 2, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. Mark

    President Obama with all due respect, you are not getting it and do not understand that mid-terms are not going to be hard because you feel there has been misrepresentation of your policies. It’s going to be hard because there is going to be a political revolution by the voters to directly reject your agenda and your liberal Democratic friends. That’s right a rejection!!! There is a reason why every now and again a liberal is elected President; it is to remind Americans why a more moderate-conservative government is better.

    April 2, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. Patriot1028

    Wow How is it again that Mr Hope and Change could say this? Wasn't he the one who was going to bring about a true bi-partisan approach to DC? Wasn't he suppose to bring true transparency?

    Yes it is true that he has a very aggressive agenda and can truly say "we've got more to do – we are not finished" when it comes to HIS agenda. Somehow he seemed to forget about the average American who frankly is tired of his misleading rhetoric. We are interested in the economy and employment just as he stated in the State of the Union Speech. But like most of his promises he simply blew it off and went for health care...

    See you at the polls...

    April 2, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Mike

    Yeah, it is going to be hard on demorats because of nobama and the demorats pushing through more spending and disregarding the wishes of the majority of Americans. 2010 and 2012 will be the time of "real" hope and change.

    April 2, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Personally, I will never vote for another Democrat again, and I hope that many other citizens feel the same, and that we can halt this dictatorship, in November.

    April 2, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. ran

    There is going to be a lot of rethinking after the 2010 election is over because Democrats and Independents are going to win more seats were as the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans are going to lose more.

    Bank on it people.

    This time history is not going to repeat itself.

    April 2, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. Fitz In Texas

    "These November elections, as Tim said, will be hard – partly because this country is still divided,".......

    and Obama, Reid and Pelosi did it. We intend to vote you all out along with the rest.

    April 2, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Dale

    Everyone be sure to get out and vote, so it won't just be bitter old Republicans at the polls this November.

    April 2, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. digger

    It's going to be hard on the dems for sure. Going to be a lot of dems looking for another line of work.

    April 2, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. blaqmajik

    The Dems will be out in full force come Nov. Don't worry. The republicans are just more vocal at this point becuase they losers. It just like two children, the one who gets what they want is quite and happy, the one who didn't is crying and fussing. But a loser is a loser no mater how hard they cry.

    April 2, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. diridi

    I decided to vote all Democrats...period...

    April 2, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. pat c.

    you still have my vote mr. president. the republicans have said an done nothing to make me want to vote for any of the mean, sour looking jerks. talk about the country being swept into a downer mode if the republicans regained office! all of the nasty looking republicans make me feel depressed just listening to them complain about everything the dems are doing or want to do that is helping this country dig out of the bush hole that we have been in for the last eight years. the united states will fall into a dark place if the republicans get their way on how they see running our country. it will again be all for the rich and to hell with the poor and middle-class. we must pray that this will never happen.

    April 2, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Kat

    Midterms? How about 2012? Start packing.

    April 2, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Don't worry Obama. All 53 million plus voters still got your back on this situation. Don't focus on the media bias and reheortic.

    April 2, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. 60's survivor

    never count your chickens before they hatch. grannie always said !!!

    April 2, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Gymo

    I think I am getting to know Obama, whenever he say something is "hard" or difficult to do, it usually means he's got a plan to win it, and then TADA!!! he's a hero against impossible odds.

    We know the game Mr. President, when you are quiet it means you don't have an answer, and when you begin talking about how hard it is, there is a plan being executed.

    April 2, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. gt

    hard ? hard ? are you kidding me,,, they all should be sent home...its been a distaster this year.. term limits ....please..

    April 2, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |