VOTERS NOW JUST HOPE FOR CHANGE
It’s a “challenging midterm landscape for Democrats,” says a new Pew Research Center poll revealing that 47 percent of American voters now are Republicans or lean that way, compared to 43 percent in the Democratic camp. Six months ago, Democrats held a six-point lead, 49 percent to 43 percent respectively. In the meantime, there’s change afoot, and it’s not President Obama’s old hopey-changey variety. Voters are weary.
“Thinking about the next presidential election, 65 percent would like to see the next president offer different policies and programs from the Obama administration while 30 percent want Obama’s successor to offer similar policies,” advises the survey, conducted with USA Today.
Voters are crabby about Congress across the board, meanwhile: 32 percent of the respondents approve of the job Democrats are doing while 23 percent approve of Republican job performance. But here’s a fact of promising interest to GOP strategists:
“At this stage of the campaign, independent voters are 16 points more likely to say they plan to vote Republican (49 percent) than Democratic (33 percent) in the midterm election,” the poll states.