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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.

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