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Poll: Independents Leave Obama in Droves
« on: August 17, 2011, 09:54:50 PM »
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President Barack Obama’s approval has fallen so far, so fast with independent voters that many of them won’t even admit they voted for him anymore.

According to the pollster who conducted an exclusive Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage survey released Tuesday, independents are “off the Richter scale” in registering their disapproval of the president’s job performance, just as the president is heading off on a 10-day vacation to Martha's Vineyard with his family.

The poll shows 61 percent of the independent voters that swept Obama to victory in 2008 now either “somewhat disapprove” or “disapprove” of the president’s job performance.

Locals send a message to the president in Peosta, Iowa. (Getty Images) Only 40 percent of independents surveyed admitted they voted for Obama, compared to the 52 percent who gave him their vote in November 2008, according to CNN exit polling.

“What we’re seeing is people denying the fact that they were involved in the Obama presidency,” InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery tells Newsmax. “It’s a drop due to people who just will not say they voted for Barack Obama.”

Towery described independents’ disenchantment with Obama’s performance as “off the Richter scale.” Political scientists say the prime directive for presidential candidates is that they must win the swing vote in order to triumph in the general election.
Democratic pollster and Fox News commentator Doug Schoen struck a pessimistic note over whether the president’s current strategy, which relies on blasting congressional Republicans while promising new jobs proposals next month, can turn things around.

“The polls show the president is sinking,” Schoen tells Newsmax. “To reverse that, he needs a consistent approach -- something that has been noticeably lacking as he veers from partisanship to non-partisanship, with a dose of populism occasionally baked in.

“Obama can win,” Schoen adds, “but lacks a plan to revitalize the economy, create jobs, and spur economic growth. And absent that bold new agenda, it really doesn’t matter how the president positions himself politically.” 

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