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Why independent voters are abandoning the Democrats

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(Read caption) In this Oct. 22 photo, Bea Seliger (l.) and her husband Howard Seliger, both of Baltimore, arrive to cast early votes in Maryland's general election, in Baltimore.

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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.


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