Gallup Poll Now Shows Republicans Lead Democrats on Generic Ballot

Posted on November 11, 2009


From the article:

Republicans have moved ahead of Democrats by 48% to 44% among registered voters in the latest update on Gallup’s generic congressional ballot for the 2010 House elections, after trailing by six points in July and two points last month.

The Republicans’ gain is due almost entirely to Independents:

 In the latest poll, independent registered voters favor the Republican candidate by 52% to 30%. Both parties maintain similar loyalty from their bases, with 91% of Democratic registered voters preferring the Democratic candidate and 93% of Republican voters preferring the Republican.

While the economy is seen as the most important issue to most Americans, the Democrat-controlled House and Senate continue to persue health care reform as their top priority with President Obama pushing both houses as much as he can.  This comes after the “cash for clunkers” program and the hurried stimulus bill which both now are seen to not have improved the economy substantially.  

This has led to some disillusionment with independent supporters who once thought Obama could actually deliver on the lofty promises he gave during his campaign.  These independents are leary of the massive spending increases with no firm projection of increased jobs and economic recovery.

The Democrats need to harken back to Clinton’s campaign mantra and realize  it’s STILL the economy, stupid.

 

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