As the midterm election enters its last six weeks, new factors have appeared that will help determine which party controls the Senate next year.
Surprisingly, national security has emerged as an important issue. Americans’ concerns began with the conflict in Ukraine, and they’ve grown as Islamic State cut a swath across Iraq and beheaded two American journalists.
When an Aug. 4 CBS News poll asked what was the most important problem facing the country, terrorism wasn’t even on the list. In a Sept. 15 CBS News/New York Times survey, voters ranked terrorism as No. 2 at 17% (behind the economy at 38%) as the most important factor in their vote for Congress.
Still, the economy remains the top issue for the electorate. That’s why Mr. Obama awkwardly tacked onto his Sept. 10 prime-time address on the Islamic State several paragraphs heralding America’s economic health.