Conservative advocacy and polling group Resurgent Republic's Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee Chairman, and Ed Goeas, a veteran GOP pollster, argue independents like President Obama but don't believe he's made the economy better.
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Ed Gillespie, former Republican Party chairman, is on the board of Resurgent Republic, a conservative polling and advocacy group. The firm asked pollsters Ed Goeas, Glen Bolger, and John McLaughlin to hold focus groups with independent voters who back President Obama. Mr. Gillespie and the pollsters were guests at the July 8 Monitor breakfast in Washington.
Gillespie: "These independents who voted for him and generally approve of him, they don't blame him for the economy. But at the same time they are not kidding themselves that he made it any better."
Independent voters' mood: