The Hollowing-Out of Obama's Coalition. The center isn't holding for him—or his party

  • topathlete

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    May 10, 2014 12:03 AM GMT
    When rating Obama, Independents are now far closer to Republicans’ views than to Democrats’. This pronounced change in Independents’ sentiment is not only a major reason behind the president’s favorability fall, but should be Democrats’ chief concern in it. If maintained. Independents’ shift would have significant implications for this November’s election — as well as for the one two years later.

    Last week, a Washington Post-ABC News poll (national sample of 1,000 adults, MOE +/-3.5%, released 4/29) showed Obama reaching a new all-time low in job performance, with just 41% approving and 52% disapproving. Obama hitting another low is not surprising this year — which has seen this happen regularly — but how the president did it, is.

    Compared to less than two years ago, Independents have rapidly and significantly soured on Obama. It is not just on his overall job performance either.

    The Washington Post-ABC News poll also asked respondents to rate Obama on his handling of the economy, the Ukrainian situation, and his health care law’s implementation. In each one, Independents rated Obama poorly: on the economy, 34%-61%; on Ukraine, 30%-51%; and on health care, 28%-67%.

    Most significantly, Independents were far closer to Republicans’ even poorer ratings of Obama than they were to Democrats’ positive performance rating.

    When Obama won the presidency in 2008, he did so with a powerful Democrat-Independent coalition, in which the latter went 51%-43% for him. Current polling suggests that coalition is hollowing out because of significant erosion at its center. Such a movement is cause for concern well beyond this coming November. While control of Congress is at stake now, in two years control of the White House will be on the line as well.

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  • topathlete

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    May 10, 2014 12:08 AM GMT
    Post-ABC News poll shows Democrats at risk in November as Obama’s approval rating falls

    Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama’s approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president’s agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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    May 10, 2014 6:18 AM GMT
    Just like the unskewed polls guy.
    Say, what do you think of President Romney's first year in office? Successful?
  • topathlete

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    May 10, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    So Washington Post - ABC poll is biased? Nice try and thanks for the bump.