New York Post says independents are deserting the president an his party.
The near-total loss of independents could prove catastrophic for Democrats if the trend holds through Election Day this year.
Democrats lost independents in off-year elections in New Jersey and Virginia, and most recently in Massachusetts last month, when the party lost Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat.
“The independents have become a problem,” said Lee Miringoff, who conducted the poll. “They were his ticket to Washington, and now they’re a problem.”
Independents don’t just disapprove of the job Obama is doing, they’re tiring of him personally. His favorability rating among them is down to 39 percent, with a 59 percent unfavorable rating.
Last December, Obama’s favorability rating among independents was just under 50 percent. …
Independents aren’t buying into Obama’s brand of “change,” either: 45 percent say he is changing the country for the worse, while 26 percent believe it’s for the better.
In December, the numbers were equal at 36 percent.
Fifty-three percent of independents, who make up about a third of the electorate, now believe Obama has fallen below expectations. In December, the figure was 43 percent.
“The independents have jumped ship,” concluded Miringoff.
Obama won independents in 2008, making him the first Democrat to do so in a presidential election since 1972, when exit polling began.
Part of Obama’s problem: Independents, along with plenty of other voters, are hopping mad. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, a stunning 78 percent of voters not affiliated with either party report being angry at the government’s policies.
Overall, 75 percent of likely voters said they were at least somewhat angry at the feds, up 4 points from November.
Forty-five percent reported being very angry, up 9 points from September. Just 19 percent said they weren’t angry at all or weren’t very angry.
And the Weekly Standard has a new article (not readable at the moment due to a web-site glitch) about Hilary Clinton democrats bailing as well. Perhaps the Standard didn’t want it released just yet.