More independent voters are siding with Republican candidates over the Democrats, a recent poll shows. The lackluster economic recovery and dislike of the health-care reform law are two reasons.
With Election Day almost upon us, there’s increasing evidence that independent voters are abandoning Democrats and aligning with congressional candidates from the Republican Party. That’s a key reason the GOP seems likely to gain control of at least the House, if not the House and Senate, as a result of voting next week.
The latest bit of news confirming this trend is a new Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll. This survey, released Monday, finds that independents are favoring Republicans over Democrats by a 14-point margin.
Self-described independents may have backed Barack Obama in 2008, but they aren’t happy with much of what Democrats have accomplished since then. Sixty-two percent of independents have an unfavorable view of President Obama’s health-care reform legislation, according to the Politico/GWU poll. Sixty-six percent say the administration’s efforts to get the economy going again aren’t working.