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  • How Trump won over a bar full of undecideds and Democrats

    09/27/2016 7:05:54 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    YOUNGSTOWN, Pa. — Ken Reed sat down at the main bar of the Tin Lizzy tavern with two things in mind: to dig into the tavern’s oversize cheese steak, and watch the presidential debate. “I am hungry and undecided, in that order,” he said, digging into the savory dish in a bar that dates back to 1746.
  • Clinton Campaign In Crisis Over Plunging Support Among Younger Voters

    09/18/2016 3:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Counter Currents ^ | September 18, 2016 | Zaida Green
    The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is responding to poll numbers and other indications of declining support among younger voters by deploying its most prominent surrogates to college campuses. The moves come a day after two national surveys, one conducted by Quinnipiac University and the other by CBS News and the New York Times, found that more than a third of voters under the age of 30 plan to vote for third-party presidential candidates. Clinton is widely despised, especially by young people. According to the Quinnipiac University poll, Clinton has the support of just 31 percent of voters...
  • Trump Support Amongst Independents (49-T,29-C)

    09/06/2016 11:14:37 AM PDT · by GilGil · 28 replies
    Facebook ^ | 9/6/2016 | Donald Trump
    What you are witnessing is the beginning of the Clinton collapse. You will recall this is how it started with Jeb. We were told Jeb was ahead and Trump was a sideshow but little sprouts of polls here and there were saying otherwise. At the very least by end of October the Republican support and the independent support will be overwhelming for Trump. Turn out and minority votes will be icing on the cake.
  • Poll: Trump up double digits among N.C. independents

    08/28/2016 5:26:18 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 20 replies ^ | August 24, 2016 | By GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    Donald Trump carries a 14-point lead over Hillary Clinton among North Carolina's independent voter population but still trails the former secretary of state by 2 percentage points overall, a new Monmouth University shows. Clinton leads Trump 44 to 42 percent among North Carolinians who are likely to vote in the November election, while 7 percent of voters back Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and 6 percent remain undecided. While the GOP presidential nominee lags far behind Clinton among black, Hispanic and Asian voters (76 to 13 percent), he draws 44 percent support among independents to Clinton's 30 percent. Trump also bests...
  • Trump performs better among independents–Reuters/lpsos poll

    08/20/2016 3:00:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 29 replies ^ | August 20,2016 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Clinton leads Trump by 8-points– in poll that interviewed 16% more Democrats Because this feature is proving popular, here’s another installment of my look at the media’s reporting on presidential polling. This article reports “Clinton leads Trump by eight points” in the latest online Reuters/lpsos poll. Like the other polls I’ve recently highlighted, the Reuters/lpsos poll appears to have interviewed significantly more Democrats than Republicans. This is not disclosed in the news articles. According to data on p. 14 of the poll, 46% of the respondents identify as Democrats (strong, moderate or leaning) and 30% identify as Republicans (strong, moderate...
  • In Poll After Poll Trump Leads Clinton Among Independent Voters

    07/31/2016 7:04:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    General election polls of the nation and battleground states consistently show Republican nominee Donald Trump besting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton among independent voters. This lead among independent/non-party affiliated voters for Trump is also found in polls where Clinton leads overall. For example, in the most recent poll of national voters from Public Policy Polling, Clinton leads Trump 46 percent to 41 percent. Among independent voters, however, Trump leads 42 percent to 35 percent. In another recent national poll from CNN/ORC, Trump leads Clinton 44 percent to 39 percent. This poll has Trump leading Clinton by 18 percent among independents, 46...

    07/27/2016 8:17:02 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 98 replies ^ | 7/27/2016 |
    SANDERS LEAVES DEM PARTY -Will return to his Senate seat as an Independent.
  • Sanders Delegates Stage Mass Walkout, Promising to Leave Democartic[sic] Party

    07/26/2016 5:00:01 PM PDT · by thoughtomator · 132 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | 7/26/2016 | Brian X. McCrone
    Dozens of Bernie Sanders delegates walked out of their Democratic National Convention and many promised to leave the political party in protest. Vincent Venditti, a George delegate pledged to Sanders, said outside the Wells Fargo Center that he considers himself an independent effectively immediately. Vincent Venditti, a #Bernie delegate, walked out of the #DemConvention. He is leaving to protest. And he's now a IND — Brian X. McCrone (@BrianXMcCrone) July 26, 2016 Their protest and subsequent exodus from the Democratic Party is in line with hundreds of protesters outside the security perimeter, who said Hillary Clinton's nomination as the...
  • Donald Trump brags about bringing in voters. He doesn't mention the ones he might be chasing away.

    07/21/2016 1:49:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 21, 2016 | David Lauter
    Among Donald Trump's proudest boasts is his claim to have brought millions of new voters into the Republican Party. Part of his strength, his son Donald Trump Jr. said in Cleveland, is his ability to speak to people who "aren't necessarily the traditional Republican voters." "Actual workers" — like the people who put up sheetrock in Trump's buildings - "those are the guys who are going to vote for us because we're speaking with them, we're not speaking at them, we're not lecturing them," the younger Trump said. But many party leaders fear Trump has embarked on a zero-sum game:...
  • ARG National Poll: Clinton 43 Trump 42 (Trump Leads Independents by 18)

    07/21/2016 9:30:17 AM PDT · by usafa92 · 28 replies
    ARG/Huff Post Pollster ^ | 7/21/2106 | ARG
    No article just the link to HuffPost.
  • RNC Focus Group Blown Away by Donald Trump... Jr. (independents breaking for Trump big)

    07/20/2016 12:23:27 PM PDT · by GilGil · 50 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 7/20/2016 | Hannity
    On "Hannity" tonight, Frank Luntz spoke to a focus group of undecided voters about the Republican National Convention and the most impressive speaker they saw tonight: Donald Trump Jr. They described the son of the Republican presidential nominee as very sincere, charismatic, authentic, articulate and genuine. "The father should take lessons from the son," one man said. "He didn't tear anybody down." Several members said they wish that Trump Sr. was more coolheaded and less controversial like Trump Jr. They acknowledged, however, that a great child is testament to great parenting. "If Donald Trump would act at home the way...
  • POLL: Trump Leads Clinton By 11 Points With Independents

    07/19/2016 4:13:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 88 replies ^ | July 18 , 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is leading presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 11 points with Independents, 38 percent to 27 percent, according to a new Morning Consult poll. But he’s still down by two points in a head-to-head match up, 41 percent to 39 percent.
  • Rasmussen National Poll of Independents: Trump 44%, Clinton 24%, Undecided 33%…

    07/08/2016 8:00:04 AM PDT · by GilGil · 58 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7/7/2016 | Sundance
    Rasmussen weekly survey of independent (unaffiliated) voters shows again that Donald Trump is holding a 20 point lead among all independents.
  • The Danger of Courting White Swing Voters

    06/19/2016 10:23:08 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 19, 2016 | Rebecca Griffin
    It must be pretty sweet to be a white swing voter. Political campaigns blow millions of dollars catering to your every whim. Politicians ask what you think before they step out on a major policy program, despite the fact that your views aren’t representative of the majority of Americans. The changing demographics of this country mean it’s well past time to stop obsessing over a shrinking population that’s out of sync with the right direction for this country. Continuing to cater to those voters can have dire consequences, in politics and more importantly in policies that deeply impact people’s lives....
  • Hillary falls to third place among Independent voters - dropping behind Trump and Johnson

    06/12/2016 4:12:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 12, 2016 | Kelly McLaughlin
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has sunken to third place among independent voters, a new poll reveals. Clinton pulled just 22 per cent of the independent vote in the latest Fox News poll, finishing behind Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Trump led among independents, pulling 32 per cent of the vote, while Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, got 23 per cent. 'This is very bad news for Hillary Clinton,' Republican strategist Susan Del Percio told the New York Post. 'She needs independents to win in November.' Clinton did, however, show a three-point...
  • Mark Cuban: 'Good chance' I'll vote Trump if Clinton picks Warren as VP

    06/10/2016 2:34:14 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 40 replies
    Mark Cuban says if Hillary Clinton picks Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as her running mate, "then there's a good chance I'll vote for Donald Trump." The Dallas Mavericks owner and self-described independent has been pushing Clinton to pick a business-oriented person such as himself for VP, telling Fox Business, "I'd be VP for either candidate."
  • ‘Splodey Head Alert – Oregon Poll: Donald Trump 53%, Hillary Clinton 26% (Independents)…

    05/28/2016 9:42:13 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 87 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 29, 2016 | sundance
    Oh my. A recent Clout Research poll from the State of Oregon (full pdf below), not exactly well known as a bastion of all things republican, shows candidate Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton 44 to 42%. However, with Independent Voters, Donald Trump is CRUSHING Hillary Clinton by 27 points 53% to 26%. The Monster Vote effect:
  • Donald Trump says he can rewrite the electoral map. Can he?

    05/20/2016 8:16:39 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 49 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 20 May 2016 | Jane C. Timm
    <p>Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump wants to rewrite the electoral map.</p> <p>“I will win states that no Republican would even run in,” he told the Associated Press this month.</p> <p>But is it realistic? Can the bombastic billionaire rewrite decades of political realities?</p>
  • Trump Trounces Clinton Among Independents

    03/10/2016 11:21:51 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 79 replies ^ | March 9, 2016 | David Patten
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump enjoys a commanding 47 to 31 percent lead over expected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton among independent voters, according to an exclusive Newsmax/Fabrizio, Lee & Associates survey that the organizations released Wednesday afternoon. While the online survey of 1,500 registered voters shows the former secretary of state essentially tied with the GOP front-runner, 45 to 44 percent, the poll's most eye-popping result is Clinton's pronounced weakness among independent voters, where she trails Trump by 16 points. The results fly in the face of most pundits' predictions that Trump's strong personality and tough policies would alienate the...
  • Thousands potentially boxed out of ballot due to party confusion (Mass.)

    02/11/2016 5:42:51 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 4 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/11/16 | Brian Dowling and Matt Stout
    Thousands may have mistakenly registered to vote with the United Independent Party in the Massachusetts presidential primary thinking their choice would let them draw a ballot for their favorite Republican or Democrat — only to learn later it doesn’t, the state’s top election official told the Herald. In Massachusetts, voters not enrolled in a party can choose which primary to vote in. But the United Independent Party is a party like the others, and its members will get a blank UIP ballot unless they formally switched by midnight last night. “My concern is this: I don’t want people who want...
  • At start of campaign, the last gasp of political parties?

    01/28/2016 4:57:57 PM PST · by Baynative · 10 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 1/28/16 | David Lightman
    As the nation begins the process of electing a new president, the roles of the Republican and Democratic parties are undergoing fundamental shifts that are threatening their impact on both elections and policy. Built in the 19th century, grown dominant in the 20th, they are largely out of date in this new age.
  • WBUR Poll: Large Share Of N.H.’s Undeclared Voters Yet To Settle On A Candidate Or A Party

    01/21/2016 7:26:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    WBUR ^ | 01/21/2016 | Anthony Brooks
    BOSTON A new WBUR poll out Thursday (topline, crosstabs) finds that with less than three weeks before primary day, a large share of New Hampshire’s undeclared voters have yet to make up their minds about who to vote for — or even which party to support.New Hampshire’s undeclared voters — those who aren’t registered as Democrats or Republicans and can choose either ballot on Election Day — represent over 44 percent of the state’s voters, more than either political party. They are notoriously independent and play a crucial role in picking the winners.“And a lot of them, about a third,...
  • Many 'Lost' Voters Say They Have Found Their Candidate in Trump (New voters Trump 27%, Cruz 3%)

    01/18/2016 4:57:37 PM PST · by usafa92 · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/18/2016 | Reuters
    Ted Wade hasn't cared about politics enough to cast a vote in a U.S. presidential election for almost a quarter of a century, back when he supported Ross Perot's independent candidacy in 1992. But Republican Donald Trump's 2016 White House bid has motivated Wade to get involved and he plans to support the real estate mogul in Nevada's nominating caucus next month. Trump is a "non-politician" who can fix the "chaos" in Washington, he says. About one in 10 Americans who plan to cast a vote this election will do so for the first time in years, if ever, and...
  • Voters would show up if Trump is on 2016 ballot

    11/27/2015 6:08:11 AM PST · by GonzoII · 68 replies
    CNBC ^ | Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 10:39 AM ET | Eric Chemi | Mark Fahey
    If Donald Trump were the GOP nominee, he would cause the highest voter turnout, relative to any other Republican hopeful. John Kasich, on the other hand, would keep people at home. No matter what party affiliation you consider, Trump brings them out. Republicans, Democrats and independents are all most likely to show up if Trump is on the ballot. (In our analysis, we assumed a constant variable: the Democrats nominating Hillary Clinton.) Not only do they show up to vote, but they vote for Trump. He's got the highest percentage of voters - across both parties and independents.
  • Webb to drop out of Democratic 2016 race [not yet committed to indep run]

    10/20/2015 7:04:20 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/20/2015 | Fox News
    Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb will announce Tuesday that he is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race, Fox News has learned. Webb is said to be disillusioned with the Democratic Party -- as well as the Republican Party -- and how the political parties are being pulled to allegedly extreme positions by the huge amounts of loosely regulated money fueling the campaigns. Webb has a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. While Webb is thought to be weighing a possible independent bid, he is not expected to launch an independent campaign for president Tuesday. Rather, he's expected to...
  • Third-party bid lingers as threat

    09/04/2015 7:37:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    While Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump may have ruled it out, both political parties have reason to fear a third-party candidate in 2016. The conditions appear ripe for a candidate to launch a bid from outside of the Democratic and Republican parties, with voters showing a deep dissatisfaction with Washington and relative outsiders dominating the crowded GOP field.
  • Trump third party run: 36% GOP supports, 19% of Democrats too (And 33% of Independents!)

    08/03/2015 8:19:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | August 3, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    If Donald Trump gets bumped out of the Republican primaries and runs as an independent third party candidate, 36 percent of Republicans and a whopping 19 percent of likely Democratic voters would support him, according to a new poll. Rasmussen Reports on Monday said that a Trump third party bid would complicate the presidential election even more than it did when H. Ross Perot ran in 1992, a bid that many believe cost former President George H.W. Bush a second term. According to the poll: • Over a third (36 percent) of likely GOP voters say they are likely to...
  • Poll: Hillary Clinton Plunging With Independents In Polls

    06/02/2015 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies ^ | June 2, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Support for Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is tanking, as more and more independents along with people from her own party are finding Clinton to be untrustworthy, according to both a CNN/ORC poll and Washington Post–ABC News poll.
  • CNN Poll Shows Hillary Clinton ‘Shine Has Tarnished,’ Losing Support Of Independents

    06/02/2015 4:41:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    A new CNN poll out Tuesday shows Hillary Clinton’s shine has been “tarnished” and she has lost support from independents. The poll showed that 50 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Clinton. That is the highest unfavorable number for her since 2001. The number of people that say Clinton is not honest and trustworthy has also increased to 57 percent. Daily Beast columnist John Avlon said that Clinton has had a rough start to her campaign. “She’s had a rough, rough couple of weeks. There’s incoming about the foundation, about emails, Republicans getting some confidence hitting her on...
  • New Candidate Jolts Mexican Politics

    05/26/2015 7:28:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated May 22, 2015 | Dudley Althaus
    A maverick former mayor known as El Bronco is mounting a serious bid to become Mexico's first independent candidate to win a governorship, buoyed by voter mistrust of the country's traditional political parties. Waging a social media campaign on a shoestring -- paid for largely with the crumpled bills supporters press into his hands on the stump -- Jaime Rodríguez is shaking up politics in Nuevo León, the conservative northern border state that includes the industrial powerhouse of Monterrey, and jolting politicians nationwide. An opinion poll published Friday in El Norte, Monterrey's leading newspaper, puts Mr. Rodríguez ahead of his...
  • Poll: Rand Paul does best with independents against Hillary Clinton

    04/09/2015 12:42:59 AM PDT · by Plummz · 36 replies ^ | 7 Apr 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    The latest poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) fares the best among the presumed 2016 Republican presidential candidates against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with independent voters, and is one of the top three contenders overall against her. The poll was conducted from March 26th through March 31st of 989 registered voters, 80 percent by telephone, and 20 percent over the internet to reach respondents without landline phones. The margin of error was +/- 3.1 percent. Clinton still leads the entire Republican field by 3 to 9 points, but has dropped from the...
  • If America Is Going Independent, Is Ted Cruz a Smart Choice for 2016?

    03/29/2015 6:20:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | March 26, 2015 | Anthea Mitchell
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) may be gaining ground as the conservative favorite for 2016. The Tea Party-affiliated Republican has long been one of the more vocal and intense individuals on the GOP’s side of the aisle. Many on the far right would be pleased to see him run, and he’s likely to have a flood of Tea Party support. “Many social conservatives feel their issues have been kicked to the side, and they are frustrated. Someone like Cruz taking the nomination in 2016 would give them a voice again. It’s still early, and there are many potential candidates that could...
  • What to make of Ted Cruz?

    03/23/2015 10:23:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | March 23, 2015 | Peter St. Onge
    The horse race for 2016 is several months old now, so it might surprise you that no presidential candidate left the gate before today. That changes with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas declaring for the presidency later today in a speech at Liberty University. He made it official this morning...
  • Why Not a Third Party, Independent Candidate?

    02/01/2015 11:47:41 AM PST · by Bratch · 57 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 31, 2016 | Steve Flesher
    Bristol Palin proved to be as savvy and perceptive as her mom recently by saying: Maybe the GOP “talking heads” are railing against her [Governor Palin] because she called them out? Additionally, in January of 2013, Chuck Heath, Jr., Governor Palin’s brother made a very interesting point about a third party that has always stayed with me: To me, it’s just common sense: a new party working for the best interests of American citizens. A party that looks beyond party lines because there are no party lines, including patriots from every walk of life willing to work for the good of all of us. A party...
  • Ted Cruz’s 2016 plan is somehow both smart and really dumb

    12/18/2014 2:13:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | December 18, 2014 | James Downie
    Earlier this week, National Review’s Eliana Johnson reported on how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) plans to approach the 2016 presidential campaign: “His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination,” writes Johnson. “According to several of the senator’s top advisers, Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout; attracting votes from groups — including Jews, Hispanics, and Millennials — that have tended to favor Democrats; and, in the words of one Cruz strategist, ‘not getting killed with independents.’” The plan has...
  • Ted Cruz’s ’16 blues: Why his strategy to win the White House is badly flawed

    12/16/2014 7:50:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Salon ^ | December 16, 2014 | Simon Maloy
    Texan wants to win the presidency by rallying conservatives -- and hoping people forget why they dislike him. Ted Cruz shut down the government; now he wants to preside over it. The junior senator from Texas is apparently moving closer to announcing his presidential candidacy, and National Review’s Eliana Johnson spoke to the people involved in Cruz 2016 who think they’ve figured out a way to propel their boy to the Oval Office: rally the conservative base, ignore independents, and eat into some of the traditionally Democratic constituencies. It’s a strategy that’s very similar to the one embraced by Michele...
  • Ted Cruz’s independence from independents

    12/16/2014 3:02:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 16, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    Eliana Johnson reports that Ted Cruz and his strategists see a path to the presidency that relies on turning out the conservative base and largely ignoring independents: "It’s almost conventional wisdom now that presidential candidates woo the party faithful in primary contests and tack to the middle in the general election to attract more-moderate voters. Not Cruz. As one of his advisers puts it, “winning independents has meant not winning.” The adviser says the moderate fiscal- and social-policy positions that candidates need to adopt to win independent voters have dampened base turnout." As evidence, the adviser points out that George...
  • Ted Cruz: An isolated figure in a minority of the minority

    12/16/2014 11:02:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 16, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The National Review reports: To hell with the independents. That’s not usually the animating principle of a presidential campaign, but for Ted Cruz’s, it just might be. His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination. Several of the senator’s top advisers said that Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout, trying to attract votes from groups that have tended to favor Democrats (Jews, Hispanics and millennials), and, in the words of one Cruz strategist, “not getting killed with independents.”...
  • Independent Candidate Victories Could Shake Up Senate

    10/22/2014 6:26:16 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 9 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 22, 2014 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    Currently, Sens. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont are the lone Independent members of the Senate, but their caucus could double in size with victories by Independent candidates Larry Pressler in South Dakota or Greg Orman in Kansas. Pressler, a former Republican senator, is trailing in the three-way race behind Republican Mike Rounds and Democrat Rick Weiland and is seen as having little chance of winning. However, one recent SurveyUSA poll shows him within three points of Rounds. In Kansas, Orman is in a statistical dead heat with Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, according to recent polls....
  • Fox News Poll: Independents more likely to back anti-ObamaCare candidates

    04/21/2014 4:10:23 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/21/2014 | Dana Blanton
    Most voters say ObamaCare will play an important role in their vote in this year’s elections, and over half are more inclined to back the candidate who opposes the health care law. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Monday. The new poll asks voters what they would do if the only difference between two congressional candidates is that one promises to fight for the health care law and the other promises to fight against it. By a 53-39 percent margin, more voters say they would back the anti-ObamaCare candidate. Independents, always a key voting bloc, would back that...
  • Angus King (Maine) may flip to GOP in 2015

    04/10/2014 4:35:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 10, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans. He is leaving open the possibility of aligning himself with the GOP if control of the upper chamber changes hands. “I’ll make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine,” King told The Hill Wednesday after voting with Republicans to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure at the center for the 2014 Democratic campaign agenda.
  • PEW RESEARCH: Millennials in Adulthood -- 50% now describe themselves as political independents

    03/07/2014 9:22:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Pew Social Trends ^ | 03/07/2014
    The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood. Now ranging in age from 18 to 331, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future. They are also America’s most racially diverse generation. In all of these dimensions, they are different from today’s older generations. And in many, they are also different from older adults back when they were the age Millennials are now. Pew Research Center surveys show that half of Millennials (50%) now describe themselves as...
  • GALLUP: Record-High 42% of Americans Identify as Independents

    01/08/2014 11:14:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    GALLUP ^ | 01/08/2014 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008. The results are based on more than 18,000 interviews with Americans from 13 separate Gallup multiple-day polls conducted in 2013. In each of the last three years, at least 40% of Americans have identified as independents. These are also the only years in Gallup's...
  • Obamacare slams likely 2014 swing voters

    11/11/2013 12:40:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:30 AM 11/11/2013 | Neil Munro
    The first wave of Obamacare cancellations has hit a group of Americans who are well-positioned to swing several critical Senate elections next November. “This voting bloc could have a decisive impact in close races in 2014,” according to a Nov. 11 memo from Resurgent Republic, a survey firm that tracks public opinion on GOP-related priorities. “Four of the nine most competitive states that Senate Democrats are defending have self-insured populations at or above the national average” of 5 percent, said the report. …
  • Obama regime approval plummets

    11/10/2013 7:23:42 AM PST · by TheMantis · 44 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/10/2013 | Robert Elliott
    Best news in the poll: 60% disapprove of the lawless Obama regime's immigration policies, meaning that the Democrat-controlled Senate's amnesty plan is likely dead in the House. Even 42% of Democrats dislike the way Obama wants to reward criminal foreigners with citizenship, jobs, welfare, and the vote.
  • Andrew Kohut: The GOP Is in Better Shape Than You Think

    11/07/2013 4:18:14 PM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 7, 2013 | Andrew Kohut
    Tucked away in recent polls—which have documented the extraordinary anger directed at the Republican Party during the shutdown crisis—are measures of clear disappointment with the Democratic Party. The disappointment is substantial, and it raises big questions about the 2014 midterms.
  • 'Extremist' Cuccinelli Crushed McAuliffe Among Independents

    11/06/2013 7:20:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 6, 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    Tea Party favorite Ken Cuccinelli, abandoned by the Republican establishment as too "extreme" to win in Virginia, crushed Democrat Terry McAuliffe among independent voters by 9 percentage points, 47%-38%. The key to McAuliffe's victory was that the Democrat--assisted by the ruthless data-mining operation that fueled Barack Obama's 2012 re-election--turned out his party's base, while conservative voters were divided. Cuccinelli's winning margin among independent voters was only slightly lower than Mitt Romney's 12-point margin in 2012. Romney also lost the state, however, after failing to bring conservative voters to the polls and mounting a lackluster a get-out-the-vote operation that was badly...
  • Why 2012 Postmortems Overstate Republican Woes

    04/04/2013 11:10:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 4, 2013 | Sean Trende
    Since the 2012 elections, there’s been an extended debate over the strength of the current Democratic majority and the future viability of the Republican Party. I’ve long argued that these postmortems are overwrought, and nothing about the results altered that. After all, the demographic changes in that election were more attributable to a surprisingly large number of white voters staying home (fewer whites voted last year than in 2004, despite steady growth in absolute numbers) than to any rapid growth in minority votes. The GOP performed about as well in November as we would have expected given the state of the...
  • Gallup: Independents remain at 2011 high, Democrats gain slightly in leaners

    01/09/2013 6:42:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/09/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>An average of 47% of Americans identified as Democrats or said they were independents who leaned Democratic in 2012, compared with 42% who identified as or leaned Republican. That re-establishes a Democratic edge in party affiliation after the two parties were essentially tied in 2010 and 2011. ...</p>
  • TIME: Obama Appealed to Low-Information Morons by Losing First Debate to Romney

    12/20/2012 5:03:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush ^ | December 20, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You gotta hear this. Richard Stengel. You thought it was gonna be your story on the castration guy, right? That's coming up. You gotta hear this. Richard Stengel, the TIME Magazine guy, the editor. You know, yesterday he was on Today show, announced Obama as the Person of the Year. He said the reason why they named Obama Person of the of Year is because the no-information voters love the guy. They're transforming America. They actually said this. TIME magazine said it's remarkable he's worth being Person of the Year, 'cause he's the guy that ended up...