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  • 7-Eleven Coffee Cup Poll Reflects Election

    7-Eleven typically offers two different coffee cup options for its 7-Election promotional campaign, each named for one of the presidential candidates from the two major political parties. This year, however, there are three options: Republican, Democrat, and “Speak Up.” No candidate names. The nondenominational “Speak Up” cup is currently winning the poll by a pretty fair margin. It offers coffee drinkers the opportunity to pencil in their own political stance, or abstain from pouring their brew into a partisan container to maintain their political purity. With the exception of Idaho and Iowa, which are both leaning Republican in 7-Eleven’s poll...
  • ‘Never Gary Johnson’: He’s Not Conservative and Not Even All That Libertarian

    05/23/2016 6:29:00 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | May 23, 2016 4:00 AM | by JAMES SPILLER
    The assumption is that someone whose label is “Libertarian” has libertarian values and would promote them in office. In the case of Johnson, that notion is absurd. When Johnson took the tiller in New Mexico in 1995, the budget stood at $4.397 billion. When he left in 2003, it had grown to $7.721, an increase of 7.29 percent a year. Of the eleven governors who filed to run for president this year (two Democrats, Johnson, and eight Republicans), only one had a worse record on spending growth.... On civil liberties as with fiscal issues, Johnson’s record is less libertarian than...
  • Polls show Romney soars with independent voters

    09/12/2012 3:19:19 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 | Susan Ferrechio
    Recent polls show President Obama enjoying a bounce in the polls following last week's Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., but buried in those data is good news for Mitt Romney about voter enthusiasm and the preferences of independents, who could decide the election. The CNN/ORC International poll of registered and likely voters released Tuesday shows likely voters favoring Obama by 52 percent to 46 percent over Romney -- evidence, pundits said, of a post-convention bump for the president. But a figure buried in the report shows Romney leading Obama among likely independent voters, 54 percent to 40 percent. Both Democrats...
  • Virgil Goode submits 14,000 signatures for ballot, with help from Independent Greens

    07/25/2012 6:30:17 PM PDT · by mnehring · 407 replies
    With a little help from his friends, former congressman Virgil Goode has taken a key step toward getting his name on November’s presidential ballot in Virginia, submitting more than 14,000 signatures to the State Board of Elections.... ..Goode was a Democrat for much of his career, then became an Independent and finally a Republican for his last six years on Capitol Hill. Now Goode is getting assistance from yet another party, the Independent Greens, whose members have collected thousands of signatures for him.... ...“Virgil supports rail, and that’s our big issue and he’s with us on that,” said Carey Campbell,...
  • Poll: Obama Struggling With Independents

    TalkingPointsMemo today is trumpeting a new McClatchy/Marist poll showing Obama edging Romney on both the economy and foreign policy. The nationwide poll of registered voters shows Obama ahead 2-points, 46-44, on being better able to handle the economy and 6-points, 47-41, on being better able to handle foreign policy. Overall, the poll shows Obama ahead of Romney 48-46. Of course, the poll's sample undercounts GOP voters. Republicans make up 29% of the poll universe, a number far below their share of the electorate in recent elections. The overall sample is D +7, which would mirror the 2008 electorate. There is...
  • Report: Former Maine governor to run for Sen. Snowe's seat

    03/05/2012 7:54:20 PM PST · by paul in cape · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/5/2011 | Josh Lederman
    Former Maine Gov. Angus King — an independent — will announce a run for retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe's (R-Maine) seat in the Senate. Two sources close to King told the Kennebec Journal he would announce his campaign Monday night. King did not respond to messages seeking confirmation. A popular two-term governor and professor at Bowdoin College, King has a history of working with both parties and a demonstrated appeal to the state's large swath of independent voters. About 390,000 registered voters in Maine belong to neither major party — more than are registered as either Democrats or Republicans.
  • USA Today/Gallup Poll: Romney, Gingrich Beat Obama in 12 Swing States

    12/13/2011 9:37:21 AM PST · by Red Steel · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 10:25 AM | Dan Well
    President Barack Obama is in big trouble, with both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich leading him in a dozen key swing states, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney leads Obama among registered voters 48 percent to 43 percent in the 12 states the survey covers. And former House Speaker Gingrich leads the president 48 percent to 45 percent. Nationwide, Obama leads Gingrich 50 percent to 44 percent and Romney 47 percent to 46 percent, according to the poll. The 12 states include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,...
  • Poll Shows Herman Cain Leads with Female Independent & Republican Voters

    11/18/2011 9:17:20 AM PST · by justsaynomore · 77 replies · 1+ views
    KCRG News (Cedar Rapids, IA) ^ | 11/18/11 | Jillian Petrus
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- The KCRG-Gazette-Iowa State University poll of more than 1200 registered Iowa voters came out Thursday. Three candidates took nearly two-thirds of the overall vote. Herman Cain was at the top, with 24.5 percent. Not far behind, Texas Representative Ron Paul. Mitt Romney took about 16 percent. All other candidates polled in the single digits. When asked for a second choice, voters picked “can’t decide” more than 20 percent of the time, leaving a large gap of uncertainty in the race. In a somewhat surprising twist, Herman Cain polled better among women than other candidates in the poll....
  • Fickle independents returning to Barack Obama

    01/24/2011 8:51:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/23/2011 | Alexander Burns
    President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats learned at least one big lesson in the November elections: What the independent voter gives, the independent voter can also take away. But now, the same temperamental bloc that threw House Democrats out of power appear to be in a giving mood again - at least as far as Obama is concerned. That unpredictable, cranky group of voters who helped carry the president into office two years ago before turning against him in dramatic fashion, may be turning back in Obama’s direction even more quickly. A series of national polls released over the last...
  • Outrage!… O’Donnell Wins Independents But Not Enough Republicans to Win Delaware

    11/02/2010 6:41:34 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 196 replies
    gatewaypundit ^ | Tuesday November 2, 2010
    Thanks Karl Rove. Thanks Mike Castle. Thanks GOP elites. Conservative Christine O’Donnell carried the tea party voters. She bested the bearded Marxist with independents. But, she did not carry enough REPUBLICANS to win in Delaware tonight. What an absolute shame.
  • In MN-08, Indys Break Sharply Republican, Give DFL Incumbent Oberstar Tightest Fight of His Career

    10/30/2010 7:15:31 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 9 replies
    SurveyUSA ^ | 10/30/2010 | Staff
    DFL congressman Jim Oberstar, accustomed to winning with 65% or more of the vote in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, finds himself running even with Republican challenger Chip Cravaack, heading into the final weekend of the campaign, a new SurveyUSA poll conducted for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis shows. Today, it's 47% Oberstar, 46% Cravaack, a result within the survey's theoretical margin of sampling error.
  • AP-GfK Poll: Independent voters sour on Democrats

    WASHINGTON – Independents who embraced President Barack Obama's call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that's worrisome news for Democrats. Only 32 percent of those citing no allegiance to either major party say they want Democrats to keep control of Congress in this November's elections, according to combined results of recent Associated Press-GfK polls. That's way down from the 52 percent of independents who backed Obama over Republican Sen. John McCain two years ago, and the 49 percent to 41 percent edge by which they preferred Democratic candidates for the House in that election, according...
  • Zogby survey finds Indys ready for somebody new in the White House

    07/01/2010 10:10:50 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jul 01, 2010 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    It’s more than two years ahead of the 2012 presidential vote, but a new Zogby International survey conducted for The O’Leary Report has found a clear majority of independents think it’s time for somebody new in the Oval office. The Zogby survey was conducted June 25-28 with interviews of 2,061 registered voters. The survey has a 2.2 percent margin of error. When asked if they think President Obama should be re-elected or is it time for somebody new in the White House, 50 percent of the respondents overall said they want somebody else as chief executive. Obama should get a...
  • Poll: Independent Voters Deserting the Democrats in Droves

    05/05/2010 7:53:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 946+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | May 5, 2010 | Peter Roff
    There are a number of interesting things about Resurgent Republic’s one-year anniversary poll, conducted at the end of April among 1,000 registered voters nationwide, but none more so than the clear evidence it provides that independent voters are deserting the Democrats in droves. By a margin of better than 2 to 1, self-identified independents agreed that an increase in the number of Republicans in Congress is necessary in order to bring about “a check and balance on runaway Washington government.” Independents also agreed that the country is on “the wrong track” by a 65 to 25 percent margin. Most surveys,...
  • 40% of Tea Partiers are Dems and Independents, How Will Media Report the News?

    04/04/2010 8:26:08 PM PDT · by jentilla · 10 replies · 609+ views
    The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.
  • New poll shows that 40% of Tea Party Patriots are Democrats or Independents

    04/04/2010 6:09:51 PM PDT · by Publius772000 · 24 replies · 876+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 04/04/10 | Michael Naragon
    As reported by The Hill, a Winston Group survey did three phone surveys of registered voters from December to February. Of the 3,000 interviewed, 17% identified themselves as members of the Tea Party movement. Of that 17%, less than six out of ten were Republicans. Nearly 30% said they were independents, and 13% identified themselves as Democrats, exploding the myth that Tea Party activists are a homogeneous group of angry conservatives. Read the full report here:
  • Independent voters turn from hopeful to angry--Democrats no longer ride tide of support

    04/01/2010 5:45:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,581+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2010 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    President Obama and congressional Democrats face an uphill climb to reclaim the support of independent voters who vaulted them to the White House and huge majorities in Congress in 2008. At the end of the bitter, intensely partisan battle to pass Mr. Obama's health care overhaul plan, independent voters, once captivated by hopeful campaign promises, are feeling burned and appear eager to oust Democrats in November's midterm elections. "There is an overall sense of frustration that no one is listening," pollster Scott Rasmussen said about a problem that has plagued the political party in power for decades. Mr. Rasmussen said...
  • 66% Of Independents Say Obama Is To Their Left

    03/09/2010 7:01:14 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 59 replies · 910+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/9/2010 | Ed Carson
    Supporters like to portray President Obama and his agenda as centrist. But those actually in the political center beg to differ. In fact, 66% of independents say their ideology is to the right of Obama, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll. Just 14% say they’re more liberal. Independents: • Oppose Obama's handling of the economy by 2-to-1. Among those with strong opinions, disapproval soars to 6-to-1 — 30% vs. 5%. • On health care, 53% disapprove
  • Poll shows voters abandoning prez in droves

    02/09/2010 3:56:50 AM PST · by kingattax · 66 replies · 1,849+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 9, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's overall approval rating has sunk to a new low -- and independent voters who propelled him to the White House have gotten downright sick of the job he's doing, according to a devastating poll released yesterday. Obama's job-approval rating has tanked to a dismal 29 percent among independents, the Marist College survey found. His disapproval rating is nearly twice as high -- 57 percent. Obama's overall approval among all registered voters hit a new low of 44 percent, the lowest of any poll that uses people to survey voters. The near-total loss of independents could prove...
  • New Marist poll shows Obama losing independents 2-1

    02/08/2010 1:17:22 PM PST · by Justaham · 3 replies · 352+ views ^ | 2-8-10 | Ed Morrissey
    So much for a post-SOTU bounce. A new Marist poll of registered voters nationwide puts Barack Obama’s approval at just 44%, the same as the Rasmussen tracking poll this weekend. The numbers among independents will really rattle the White House. Fewer registered voters nationwide — 44% — currently approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance than disapprove — 47%. When Marist last asked about the president’s approval rating in December, 46% thought well of Obama’s job performance while 44% gave him low marks. Perhaps, particularly concerning for Mr. Obama is the drop in support among Independents. For the first time...
  • Change comes again: Mass. swing voters who lifted Obama heeded the mantra, not the party (Barf)

    01/24/2010 7:21:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 579+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 24, 2010 | Dick Polman
    To really appreciate how far the political pendulum has swung, let's check in with Chris Matthews. Two winters ago, the TV host was all atingle about Barack Obama, to the point where "I felt this thrill going up my leg." But last Tuesday night, when a heretofore obscure Republican state legislator named Scott Brown jolted Obama by snatching Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, Matthews was like a puppy on uppers. Before the polls had even closed, he was grooming Brown for immortality: "Does he have a hot hand politically, to run for the nomination for president next time?" But Matthews can...
  • Why I Regret Voting For President Obama

    01/24/2010 8:12:30 AM PST · by Saije · 334 replies · 7,163+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 1/24/2010 | Jill Dorson
    I am a registered Independent. I voted for Barack Obama. And for that, I am sorry. I'm not sorry for you. I'm sorry for me. Because I voted for Obama for me, not for you. I voted for hope and change and all the intangibles that Obama was peddling in the wake of the financial crisis, Sarah Palin, Sept. 11 and all the other ills that shook our country in the last decade. I wanted something new. Something different. What I got was, I suppose, exactly what I voted for - a spin doctor. And not a very good one...
  • Independent Voters Abandon Democrats

    01/19/2010 7:39:57 PM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies · 694+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/19/2010 | PETER WALLSTEN
    Democrats' loss in Tuesday's race for a Massachusetts Senate seat is a stark illustration of their collapsing support from independent voters, a phenomenon that's prompting party leaders to revamp their playbook for this year's midterm elections. Independent voters—typically centrist, white and working-class—backed President Barack Obama and the Democrats in 2008. But Massachusetts is now the third Obama-won state in the past three months where independents have swung decisively Republican. Polls in the days leading up to the vote suggested the lead for Republican Scott Brown came about largely because of his advantage among independents over Democrat Martha Coakley. A new...
  • Poll: Independents abandoning Deval Patrick in droves (Massachusetts)

    01/16/2010 12:34:10 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 1,006+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 16, 2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    Independent voters have deserted Gov. Deval Patrick, an ominous sign in the first-term incumbent’s quest for re-election this year, according to a new Suffolk University/7News poll. “There’s a void, similar to the void that was filled with Scott Brown, that appears to be opening up with independents in this poll,” said David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center. “That certainly leaves the door open for (state Treasurer) Tim Cahill or (GOP candidate) Charlie Baker, given that the independents are fed up with (Patrick.)”
  • Massachusetts Senate Race Hinges On Independent Vote

    01/16/2010 9:29:30 AM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 466+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1/16/2010 | Tracey D. Samuelson
    Massachusetts has long been regarded as a liberal stronghold, but the special election to replace Sen. Edward Kennedy in the US Senate is showing Massachusetts has a more conservative streak as well. State Sen. Scott Brown (R) is proving to be a major challenge for Attorney General Martha Coakley (D), who was heavily favored early in the race; a poll released late Thursday had Mr. Brown leading Ms. Coakley by 4 percentage points. Brown’s success may have to do with his ability to appeal to independent voters in the Bay State – 51 percent of voters here are unenrolled.
  • Poll shows Brown Overtaking Coakley - Suffolk Poll - Independents for Brown

    01/15/2010 5:02:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 787+ views
    Suffolk Univ ^ | 1/14/2010
    Likely voters in the Bay State have turned expectations upside down as Republican State Sen. Scott Brown (50 percent) now leads Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley (46 percent) in the race to be the next U.S. senator from Massachusetts, according to a Suffolk University/7News poll.  Independent candidate Joseph L. Kennedy -- no relation to the legendary Kennedy clan -- had 3 percent, with 1 percent undecided.“Although the results show a race within the statistical margin of error, Scott Brown has surged dramatically,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.  “He is attracting independent support by a...

    12/17/2009 2:03:01 PM PST · by jodiluvshoes · 50 replies · 1,923+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 12.17.2009 | Kevin McCullough
    President Obama rode into office on the coattails of some horrible economic realities while promising Americans "hope and change." The nation needed both to energize new policies and to help us continue down the path to recovery, specifically in the areas of job creation and economic growth. Those who ignorantly -- and I use this word literally not pejoratively -- voted for him, have now woken up saying to themselves over and over and over again, "What the heck have I done?"
  • Independents Now The Kingmakers As Both Political Parties Lose Voters

    12/10/2009 7:41:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 588+ views ^ | December 10, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Americans are leaving both political parties in large numbers and are identifying themselves as Independents or third-party supporters. The exodus is so large that the share of Independent voters is now bigger than either Democrats or Republicans. That's the key finding from an analysis conducted by IBD/TIPP. The analysis compared party affiliation data from IBD/TIPP polls conducted in the first half of 2009 to the second half of 2009. Each period had more than 5,000 respondents. The share of voters who identify themselves as Democrats dropped from 39% to 35%, and the share of Republicans edged down from 29% to...
  • Rasmussen : Obama at 61% disapproval among independents

    11/25/2009 4:06:10 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 32 replies · 1,387+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 24, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Republicans have extended their lead in the generic Congressional ballot to their highest level of the year, according to the latest Rasmussen survey of likely voters. The overall Republican rating has not gone beyond their year-long high of 44%, but Democrats continue to decline. Only 37% would vote for a Democrat, giving the GOP a seven-point lead with a year to go before the midterms: Republican candidates have extended their lead over Democrats to seven points, their biggest lead since early September, in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot. And the news gets even worse for Obama among...
  • Democrats alarmed as independents bolt

    11/18/2009 11:36:12 AM PST · by Justaham · 29 replies · 1,315+ views ^ | 11-18-09 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Mounting evidence that independent voters have soured on the Democrats is prompting a debate among party officials about what rhetorical and substantive changes are needed to halt the damage. Following serious setbacks with independents in off-year elections earlier this month, White House officials attributed the defeats to local factors and said President Barack Obama sees no need to reposition his own image or the Democratic message. Since then, however, a flurry of new polls makes clear that Democrats are facing deeper problems with independents—the swing voters who swung dramatically toward the party in 2006 and 2008 but who now are...
  • Dems alarmed as Independents bolt party [voters see dems as a party of high spending]

    11/18/2009 2:12:52 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 25 replies · 1,521+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/18/09 12:11 AM EST | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Mounting evidence that independent voters have soured on the Democrats is prompting a debate among party officials about what rhetorical and substantive changes are needed to halt the damage. Following serious setbacks with independents in off-year elections earlier this month, White House officials attributed the defeats to local factors and said President Barack Obama sees no need to reposition his own image or the Democratic message. Since then, however, a flurry of new polls makes clear that Democrats are facing deeper problems with independents—the swing voters who swung dramatically toward the party in 2006 and 2008 but who now are...
  • Obama Is Losing Independent Voters

    11/13/2009 8:35:47 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 50 replies · 2,020+ views
    The Wall Street Journal | 11-14-09 | SCOTT RASMUSSEN AND DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN
    A number of recent polls show the president would be wise to shift right. The announcement a week ago of 10.2% unemployment is a significant political event for President Barack Obama. It could well usher in a particularly serious crisis for his political standing, influence and ability to advance his agenda. Double-digit unemployment drove Ronald Reagan's disapproval ratings in October 1982 up to a record high 54%. It was only when unemployment dropped to 7.3%, roughly two years later, that he was able to win a landslide victory over Democratic challenger Walter Mondale in the 1984 presidential election.
  • Generic Congressional Ballot (GOP +6 points)

    11/10/2009 2:48:20 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 10 replies · 633+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 10/10/09 | Scott Rasmussen
    Republicans Jump to Six-Point Lead on Generic Ballot Republican candidates have stretched their lead over Democrats to six points in the Generic Congressional Ballot. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 43% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 37% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. Republicans have held the lead for over four months now. Voters not affiliated with either party continue to heavily favor Republicans, 43% to 20%.
  • Eugene Robinson: Attack of the Palinites (Smell the flop sweat!)

    11/06/2009 7:24:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 1,248+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2009 | Eugene Robinson
    Democrats have some thinking to do after Tuesday's elections, but Republicans don't have time to think. They're too busy trying to survive the party's internal purge and avoid being shipped off to political Siberia. Will loyal members inform on others for harboring suspiciously moderate views? Will anyone judged guilty have to wear a sign saying "Republican In Name Only" as penance? Will there be re-education camps? Will deviationists face the Enhanced Interrogation Technique of being forced to listen to the wit and wisdom of Glenn Beck, at ear-splitting volume, for days on end? Or worse: When Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going...
  • What Independents Want

    11/06/2009 2:44:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 594+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 5, 2009 | DAVID BROOKS
    Liberals and conservatives each have their own intellectual food chains. They have their own think tanks to provide arguments, politicians and pundits to amplify them, and news media outlets to deliver streams of prejudice-affirming stories. Independents, who are the largest group in the electorate, don’t have any of this... --snip-- The most telling races this year were the suburban rebellions across the country. For example, in Westchester and Nassau counties in New York, Republican candidates came from nowhere to defeat entrenched Democratic county officials. In blue Pennsylvania, the G.O.P. won six out of seven statewide offices... --snip-- The percentage of...
  • NJ: Exit Poll: Independents Pick Christie in Decisive Victory

    11/03/2009 9:07:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 534+ views ^ | - November 03, 2009
    Though a majority of late-deciding New Jersey voters leaned toward incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine, it wasn't enough to save the Democrat from anger in a state battered by high taxes and scarred by government corruption. Tuesday: Chris Christie stands with wife Mary Pat Christie and children Bridgett and Patrick ahead of their voting in Mendham, N.J. (AP Photo) Exit polls showed independent voters that gave President Obama a huge advantage in the state last year strongly favored Republican Chris Christie on Tuesday. Though a majority of late-deciding New Jersey voters leaned toward incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine, it wasn't enough to...
  • Independents fuel GOP victories in Va., N.J.

    11/04/2009 1:05:40 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 577+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/4/09 | By Stephen Dinan and S.A. Miller
    The independent voters who powered President Obama and Democrats to victory in 2008 fled to Republicans in Tuesday's elections, helping the GOP romp to a ticketwide sweep in Virginia and a stunning victory over an incumbent Democratic governor in New Jersey. But the night wasn't a total loss for Democrats, as their candidate won a special election to fill an open congressional seat in upstate New York after a bitter civil war left Republicans divided between their party's nominee and a Conservative Party candidate. The seat had been in Republican hands for more than a century.
  • Early NJ Exit Polls: Independents Breaking Overwhelmingly for Republican Christie

    11/03/2009 5:50:18 PM PST · by wrrock · 44 replies · 2,574+ views
    ButAsForMe Blog ^ | 11/3/2009 | bafm
    8:28 PM - Internal exit polls showing very good signs for Christie in NJ, most importantly Christie is running very strong independents. With indies breaking overwhelmingly for Christie, it could spell trouble for Democrat Corzine. It stands to note that the Democrats have a very strong coalition, so the sway of indie voters may not influence the as strong as it did in Virginia. However, CNN exit polls suggest that most voters - 38 percent - "said the quality they were looking for most in a candidate was the ability to bring change and most of them said they had...
  • Republicans headed for a Virginia sweep

    11/01/2009 11:01:04 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 575+ views
    PPP ^ | NOVEMBER 2, 2009
    Bob McDonnell leads Creigh Deeds 56-42 in PPP's final poll of the race. In a finding that may sum up what happened here 63% of voters in the state think McDonnell made a strong case for why he should be Governor while only 34% said the same of Deeds. Even 36% of Deeds' supporters said he hadn't made a good argument for why he should be elected. Beyond that the same themes that have shown throughout the general election show up in the last survey. 61% of McDonnell's voters are 'very excited' to vote on Tuesday while just 14% are...
  • The Real Story (behind NY23, VA, and NJ)

    11/01/2009 6:50:21 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies · 1,574+ views
    NRO ^ | 11/1/2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    'm writing about this for my USA Today column, but the Frank Rich hissy fit is a perfect example of the real story of the election. The story is not that the GOP is self-destructing, it is that the conventional wisdom is being shown to be ludicrous. For some time now Frank Rich, Sam Tanenhaus and countless others (including David Frum) have been arguing that the GOP is a rump party and the only way for it to survive is for it to embrace me-too Republicanism of one flavor or another. The story of all three major races (VA, NJ,...
  • The Rising Tide of Independent Voting - TOM SHAW

    10/30/2009 11:45:32 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 47 replies · 1,097+ views ^ | October 30, 2009 | Tom Shaw
    The news is everywhere. Voters are realizing that the current Democratic/Republican party system is no longer responsive to the voice of “We the People.” In New York, third party candidate Doug Hoffman is now leading in the polls in the special congressional election. In New Jersey, Independent Candidate Chris Daggett is taking a big bite out of his Republican and Democratic opponents. The myth that an Independent candidate can’t win, a myth that is intentionally perpetuated by the two major parties, is being dispelled. In his farewell address, George Washington warned about the corrupting danger of political parties. His fears...
  • Polling Polls: Americans Independent and Irate

    10/25/2009 4:59:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 2,170+ views ^ | October 25, 2009 | Salena Zito
    A poll of opinion polls shows that Americans are undergoing rapidly changing attitudes. RealClearPolitics, a national polling aggregator, shows that Americans are becoming less and less thrilled about the direction of the country and with the job Congress is doing. Support has been peeling off steadily, says RealClearPolitics executive editor Tom Bevan. The danger for the Obama administration and the Democrat Party is the independent voters' shift away from Democrat policies. “Independents have flipped negative,” warns Bevan, who mans the polls for a living. “That’s not a good thing for any party.” You need to look no further than the...
  • ATTN: "Registered" Independents

    10/25/2009 6:02:28 AM PDT · by conservativesister · 74 replies · 1,475+ views
    10/25/09 | conservativesister
    Registered Independents: did you know in most states the primaries are NOT open. You can't help get a conservative elected because the rinos in the republican party will vote for the liberal candidate. IF you really want to get a conservative in office get yourself re-registered as a Republican for the primary election in 2010 to get this job done. I know your are upset with the rinos that have been elected by the republican party, but we probably can't change the demographics unless you come back. In 2010 let's kick the crap out of RINOs! Info on open primaries-
  • Foxnews Poll Internals: Obama Losing Independents, Health Care Reform Continues Slide (Charts)

    10/17/2009 3:07:24 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 14 replies · 1,302+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 10/17/09 | talkradio03
    Mass exodus from Independents continues, and the poll questions on Health Care will never make it on the news, because it's a disaster from Health Care Reform....(Charts)
  • Star-Ledger endorses independent Chris Daggett for N.J. governor

    10/10/2009 8:16:08 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 57 replies · 1,593+ views
    The Star-Ledger today endorses independent candidate Chris Daggett and recommends his election as the next governor of New Jersey. The newspaper’s decision is less a rejection of Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican Chris Christie than a repudiation of the parties they represent, both of which have forfeited any claim to the trust and confidence of the people of New Jersey. They share responsibility for the state’s current plight. Only by breaking the hold of the Democratic and Republican mandarins on the governor’s office and putting a rein on their power will the state have any hope for the kind of...
  • Gallup Poll: GOP gaining on Dems for control of Congress

    10/07/2009 7:10:34 PM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies · 698+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10.07.09 | Dave Cook
    The battle for control of Congress in 2010 is growing more competitive, a new Gallup Poll indicates. Roughly a year before the 2010 congressional elections, Republicans and Democrats are nearly tied among registered voters, who were asked which party’s candidate they would prefer in their congressional district, Gallup found. Some 46 percent said they would vote Democratic, versus 44 percent who favored a Republican candidate. The Democrats’ two-percentage-point lead in October is down from a six-point advantage in July. Independents shift to the GOP The Republican Party’s relatively strong position on the generic ballot, in which no candidate is mentioned...
  • A declaration of independents in 2010

    09/27/2009 9:41:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 61 replies · 1,316+ views
    Politico ^ | 9/27/09 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Independent candidates are poised to run serious campaigns for governor in at least a half-dozen states, a development that threatens Democratic fortunes in some of the bluest and most progressive-minded states in the nation. In New Jersey, where Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine is seeking a second term in November, polls suggest an independent candidate is carving a sizable portion of voters out of his hide. In two other reliably Democratic states, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, well-known politicians running as independents could significantly undermine Democratic chances in 2010, if not flat-out win. Credible third-party candidates are also mulling over bids in...
  • Independents desert Obama, putting 2010 in play

    09/24/2009 9:03:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 2,399+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 24, 2009 | By: Chris Stirewalt
    September 24, 2009 (AP) Independent voters are turning away from President Obama and his fellow Democrats in droves. And if they can't find a way to get them back, the party could be in deep trouble for 2010 and beyond.Independents gave Obama the White House last year with a vote for pragmatic competence. They have been repaid with partisanship and dithering. And unlike liberals who Obama has quickly re-energized after their summer doldrums, independents are devilishly hard to win back once they lose faith.The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the Rolls-Royce of public surveys, showed that for the first...
  • Poll: More Independents Disapprove Of Obama Then Approve

    09/22/2009 6:54:32 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 419+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-22-09 | Curt
    Down down and down: For the first time, independent voters—who delivered Mr. Obama the White House and Democrats control of the Congress—disapprove of the job he is doing, 46% to the 41% who approve. In July, 49% of independents approved of the president, against 38% who disapproved. New doubts about the president have coincided with new hopes for Republicans, who appeared flattened by the election nearly a year ago. As the 2010 election cycle heats up, independent voters now favor Republican control of Congress by four percentage points. (Excerpt) Read more at
  • NBC poll: For the first time, more independents disapprove of Obama than approve

    09/22/2009 5:03:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 1,365+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Sept. 22, 2009 | Allahpundit
    An eight-point swing in just two months. This is not the centrist “pragmatist” they thought they knew. For the first time, independent voters—who delivered Mr. Obama the White House and Democrats control of the Congress—disapprove of the job he is doing, 46% to the 41% who approve. In July, 49% of independents approved of the president, against 38% who disapproved. New doubts about the president have coincided with new hopes for Republicans, who appeared flattened by the election nearly a year ago. As the 2010 election cycle heats up, independent voters now favor Republican control of Congress by four percentage...