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Memo to Democrats: There’s trouble in Potomac City and that starts with “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for “polls.”
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds more and more independents turning their backs on Democrats and looking for salvation on the Republican side of the political fence.
The poll shows 38 percent of self-described independents saying they will vote for Republicans in this year’s mid-term elections while just 30 percent lean Democratic. Four years ago, 40 percent of independents liked Democrats and just 24 percent favored Republicans.
In head-to-head, Democrat vs. Republican questions, a clear majority of 56 percent favor Republicans and only 36 percent Democrats. That’s a growing split that spells bad news for the party of the jackass.
But Republicans share an obstacle with Democrats: A strong anti-incumbent feeling among angry voters. The approval rating of Congress is down to 21 percent.
Republicans, however, benefit more from voter anger against the Democratic leadership Congress and what they see as the lackluster performance of President Barack Obama. The poll numbers aren’t so much an endorsement of Republican policies as they are a rejection of Democrats.