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Poll: Independents dislike both parties, but leaning Republican

Despite holding a generally unfavorable view of Republicans, most independent voters are leaning toward the GOP, a new poll of likely independent voters finds.

While 54 percent of those polled said they view the GOP unfavorably, half are leaning Republican in the weeks before the election and 52 percent said that Republicans represent their views more than Democrats. Only a quarter said they had a favorable view of the Democratic Party, and less than one third said they hold views that are in line with the Party of the president.

The survey was conducted by veteran Democratic pollster Douglas E. Schoen, and commissioned by Independent Women’s Voice, a conservative-leaning non-profit organization.

“Those who say they plan to vote for a Republican candidate do so to vote against Obama and his agenda, not because they trust the Republicans,” said Schoen, who advised President Bill Clinton throughout the 1990s.

The primary issues that concern independents, the survey found, were increases in government spending (88 percent) high taxation (83 percent) and “the growing size and scope” of the federal government (79 percent).

That is not to say that independents have high hopes that Republicans will perform better on those issues. Less than one in ten said they thought Republicans would cut taxes and spending.

“Both parties are seen as big spenders and big taxers,” Schoen said. “The Republicans are really not seen as fiscal conservatives.”

It is imperative then for Republicans who are relying on independents to swing a tight race to focus on cutting taxes and government spending, the study’s commissioner concluded.

“If Republicans fail to convince voters that they are committed to scaling back government and cutting taxes and spending, these independents may become so disgusted that they simply stay home rather than vote,” Schoen wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece co-authored with IWV President and CEO Heather R. Higgins. “They are increasingly trending Republican, but they will remain that way only if the GOP offers them the agenda they so clearly demand.”

The results that suggest independents are angry at both parties appears to represent sentiments held by most Americans. In an Associated Press poll released last week, 60 percent said they had an unfavorable view of Democrats and 68 percent disapproved of congressional Republicans.

“When you see numbers like this — and I am a Democrat…that is as close in a poll to a Clarion call as you are ever going to get,” Schoen said. “And to ignore that, as I think the administration and Democrats have, is to create political peril.”

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  • doncicciofitipaldi

    Sure….let’s go back top Bush policies……..yeah that’s the ticket. Are Americans really that stupid?

    • SamAdams25

      Bush is a strawman. A total Boogeyman, created by the liberals as a foil to distract from the absolute failure of the “progressive” (socialist) Obama administration.

      Yes, it is true that once the Dems captured both houses of Congress, that Bush and the GOP allowed them to run the deficit up. The Tea Party were against that, they just weren’t getting any press a that time. We were just a fringe group then, remember?

      The mission of the left has been to “Control the Message” all along. Like the old saying, “If you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance, baffle ‘em with bull$hit”. With the help of the LSM in 2008, who completely refused to do their job and fully vet Obama, they were successful at the baffling end of the spectrum. We have now seen the performance, and agenda of the “progressives”, and We The People of the Tea Party are now the mainstream majority, despite what the 20% or 25% of Americans who identify as liberals tell you.

      It’s like making a really big shadow by getting close to the light source. The “progressives”(socialists) have tried to portray themselves as a big overwhelming shadow on the wall that have consolidated a lock on the control of the country. The Tea Party has played the role of Toto, and pulled back that curtain on the phony Wizard Of Oz.

      The “progressives” (socialists) have had their 15 minutes of fame. As much as they may hate it, it’s time for them to slink back to the fetid swamp from which they came.

  • gooners

    Today’s Republicans have decided to run against the “fiscal irresponsibility” of the Bush years, but won’t face what actually happened. The Bush administration and the Republican Congress blew up the budget with three things: Medicare Part D, the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 2001 tax cuts. Will the 2010 Republican candidates face these mistakes, or will they continue to talk around them?

  • adamincalifornia

    What is wrong with these people?

    The primary issues that concern independents, the survey found, were increases in government spending (88 percent) high taxation (83 percent) and “the growing size and scope” of the federal government (79 percent).

    That is not to say that independents have high hopes that Republicans will perform better on those issues. Less than one in ten said they thought Republicans would cut taxes and spending.

    “Both parties are seen as big spenders and big taxers,” Schoen said. “The Republicans are really not seen as fiscal conservatives.”

    Well what kinds of conservatives would Establishment Republicans be? Hmmmm.

    http://www.jillstanek.com/2010/09/pence-urges-activists-to-demand-social-conservatism-from-gop/

    Tea Party boy wonder Mike Pence -

    Conservatives “must demand that leaders of the Republican Party” stand strong on social issues, Pence said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington.

    and

    We must not remain silent when great moral battles are being waged.

    Tea Party super stud Rick Santorum -

    “when people come out and tell us that we have to put the values issues in the back of the bus, we have to have a truce on the values issues, because the economic issues are paramount – we can have no economic freedom unless we have good, virtuous moral people inspired by their faith.”

    Tea Party RINO Vanquisher Christine O’Donnell -

    pushed back against the notion that at a time when voters are focused on the economy, social issues should take a back seat.

    Then there is Dick Armey who heads up a major Tea Party group (Freedom Works) declared last week -

    “Tea party” advocate Dick Armey, chairman of Freedom Works, says that if Republicans take control of Congress in November’s elections, changing policies on social issues like abortion will be on their agenda.

    Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, said in June that the next president “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues” so that the nation’s debt and deficit problems could be solved.

    When asked Monday at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters about the possibility of a truce on social issues going into the presidential campaign, Mr. Armey said, “A truce? No. These are issues of the heart. People are not going to turn their hearts and minds away from things that they have so heartfelt.”. . .

    So why would independents not trust Republicans to deliver on <bFiscal Conservatism which it has promised for 30 years now. Hmmmmm… real head scratcher there.