Summer of 1980 Poll Flashback: Carter 39%, Reagan 32%, Anderson 21%
I want to remind you of some history. In June of 1980, basically the same period in the campaign where we are now, minus a month or so, in June of 1980 Jimmy Carter led Ronaldus Magnus 39 to 32. John Anderson, third-party candidate, independent candidate at 21%. Even into August and early September, Jimmy Carter was leading Ronaldus Magnus in the polls. Now, what I’m leading up to is that Reagan won that election in a landslide. Jimmy Carter conceded on election night before the polls in California had closed, 1980. The preelection polls into September did not indicate anything of the sort. In fact, there was not one poll that showed the landslide that happened.
Now, a quick question. The Carter presidency was a disaster in June of 1980. It was a disaster in June of 1979. The Carter presidency was a disaster in June of 1978. The Carter presidency was a disaster for three of the four years. In truth, the Carter presidency was a disaster from the moment Jimma was sworn in. It was an utter disaster and everybody knew it. The misery index was created in order to give life to the devastation. Unemployment was sky-high. Interest rates — I confuse interest rates with the inflation rate. But they were both in the teens. Or maybe it was unemployment was in the teens and the inflation was high, whatever. It was disastrous. Interest rates. People couldn’t buy homes. It was an utter disaster.