Yet Americans surveyed in the first of a series of ABC News/Yahoo! News polls, released early Tuesday, have a message for both sides: Many respondents — including a clear majority of independents, who have provided the critical swing votes in many recent elections — have little confidence in either party’s ability to do more for the economy.
Neither side has convinced a majority of Americans. Fully 47% of those surveyed in the ABC/Yahoo! News poll say it won’t make a difference to the economy whether Democrats or Republicans are in control of Congress.
Even Obama supporters are losing confidence in his ability (or willingness) to do what he promised.
Saying that she is a wife, a mother, a veteran and the chief financial officer of a veterans service organization, the woman told the president: “Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.”
He’s also losing the independents that flocked to him in ’08 because they were disillusioned with the Republicans.
And no matter how often Obama makes the argument, his message appears far from sinking in. The unhappiness with Washington’s efforts on the economy is even more stark among independents, according to the ABC News/Yahoo! News poll. A whopping 65% of them say it won’t matter one way or the other which party is running the show.
Independents still don’t feel any better about the GOP, though.
Unhappy as many independents are with the current regime, however, that’s hardly translating into a strong belief that Republicans will do any better. Only 21% of independents think the economy has a better chance of improving if Republicans gain control of Congress.
You should read the whole thing, it’s interesting. I think the most insightful bit is this, which is also today’s Quote of the Day:
“Maybe independents have the more realistic view,” says Larry Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “They may recognize most of what they hear from both parties as rhetoric.”
“Rhetoric” is a more polite term than what springs to my mind, but I think he’s hit the nail on the head. Think about it, and remember it when you decide who to vote for in November.
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[Source: Yahoo! News article, retrieved 9/21/10]