Voters Show Independent Streak

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Independent voters have broken away from President Obama, a trend backed up by public polling, “largely due to fiscal issues,” Luke Frans of Resurgent Republic told attendees at the Bloggers Briefing at the Heritage Foundation on July 27, 2010. Resurgent Republic provided the attendees at the briefing with the results of their eighth national survey, highlighting the shift in Independents, targeting twelve designated “toss up” or “battleground” voting states.

This drift of Independents also coincided with and resulted from the health care debate, and not just in reaction to the policies, but the process of the debate, Frans reported. The results of the survey are “overall political climate pieces,” and show that Republicans are more “energized” to take part in the voting process than both Independent and Democratic voters. Independents, in turn, show more “intensity” to vote than the Democrats. A statistic shows that 65% of all voters, in any political party in these twelve tested states, are “absolutely certain” they will vote. Of this figure, when broken down into parties, 73% of all Republicans, 64% of all Independents, and 57% of all Democrats are probable voters.

On another note, Republicans and Independents alike harbor a similar attitude of discouragement and uneasiness at the current direction of the country. There is an occurring “widening on the ‘right track, wrong direction’ question,” Frans informed his listeners. Large numbers of party members agree that overall America is on the wrong track. Statistics show that 65% of citizens overall find this true, broken down into 93% of Republicans, 67% of Independents, and 52% of Democrats.

A number of factors weigh into the numbers of these polls, for instance, the economic downturn and the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf. Also, job creation, or the lack thereof, and “looming” Federal tax increases played a role in these responses as well. The response to this economic crisis was believed to be slow, and inefficient on the part of the Obama Administration, and all available resources were not utilized.

It was discussed that awareness of current political events, such as these new tax increases, ought to be spread, and elevated. The impact of such taxes could hit the nation at large, ranging from the death tax and child tax, to the marriage penalty, down to a rising of the income tax in all brackets of wage earnings.

American voters agree that the national deficit is a major problem to be solved; however, they also acknowledge that a lack of revenue coming in from taxes is not the source of the problem. Rather, it is believed to be that of over-spending by the government.

Kristin Theresa Jaroma is an intern at the American Journalism Center, a training program run by Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia.