High Turnout Expected For Midterm Elections

October 23, 2018 - 12:16 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The midterm elections are just two weeks away and turnout is expected to be very high.

WCBS 880's Peter Haskell has a preview of what's on the minds of voters.

The midterms always serve as a referendum on the president but this year that might be more true than ever.

"Typically we see a majority, maybe a slight majority, of people say they go to the polls in the midterms with the president on their mind even though he's not on the ballot. Well, this year sees far higher percentages of people saying that than have said so in recent midterms," said Anthony Salvanto, director of elections and surveys for CBS News. "At the moment it looks like it's headed to be an historic level of presidential influence on voters' minds in this midterm."

Voter turnout is often generated by anger, so the question is which side is angrier?

"Well those folks tells us they're showing up now in the polls they tells us that they're breaking for the Democrats but that's still a wild card, if they don't show up as they haven't before then the Republicans' chances get a lot better," Salvanto said.

Many candidates are either running with or against the president.

Whether the president gets a thumbs up or thumbs down is still unclear.

"There are almost as many people who say they're going to midterm polls to support the president as say that they're going to oppose him," Salvanto said.