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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Independents Jumping Ship

Perhaps this is a sign that Independents are not very happy with how the Democrats have been handling their majorities and the White House.

In the new National Public Radio poll conducted by the Democratic polling company Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and its Republican counterpart, Public Opinion Strategies, 42 percent of the 800 likely voters surveyed March 10 to 14 said that if the next congressional election were held today they would vote for the Republican candidate; an identical percentage of respondents said they would vote for the Democratic one. For several years, Democrats held a substantial lead on this question.

Democrats still outnumbered Republicans in terms of party identification in this poll by 6 points, 45 percent to 39 percent. Democrats also favored their own party's congressional candidates 83 percent to 7 percent. But voters who call themselves independents gave GOP candidates the edge by 14 points, 38 percent to 24 percent. And self-identified Republicans supported their own party's candidates 85 percent to 3 percent.

Republican pollster Glen Bolger, who worked on the survey for Public Opinion Strategies, says that this is the first time since 2004 that he has seen independents favoring Republicans on the generic ballot test. Although he concedes that poll participants agreed -- by margins of 6 to 11 points -- with Democrats more than Republicans on each of the issues tested, he contends that the generic question's results are "evidence that voters, particularly independents, are worried that they overcorrected in the 2006/2008 elections combined, and now have more of a liberal slant to government than they want. They want change but with checks and balances."

Read the whole thing, the numbers are encouraging since it is just two months in to the Obama administration with both the Senate and House controlled by Democrat majorities.

Republicans need to get it together, stay true to conservative principles, continue to fight against the most egregious spending proposed and it falls to the Senate Republicans to shoulder the majority of the battles since Pelosi can simply jam through anything she wants through the House with no Republican support.

Stay on your Republican Senators to not allow an agenda that will turn this country into a socialist one.