Wow: Among independents, GOP leads by 24 points on the generic ballot
posted at 8:44 pm on November 24, 2009 by Allahpundit
It’s Rasmussen too, so remember, this is among likely voters.
Republican candidates have extended their lead over Democrats to seven points, their biggest lead since early September, in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 37% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent…
Voters not affiliated with either party continue to heavily favor Republicans, 44% to 20%.
The big lead in early September was almost certainly a reaction to the August town halls about ObamaCare. Not sure whether these current numbers are a similar backlash to Pelosi and Reid pushing their health-care bills in Congress or disaffection over Afghanistan, but let’s flag ’em now as a benchmark. For what it’s worth, the new Gallup shows public opinion on O-Care split at a robust 35/42 (indies at 37/53), with 49 percent inclined to urge their congressman to vote against it.
Meanwhile, also via Ace, Gallup finds that since January The One’s approval rating is up one point among blacks, down five points among Hispanics, down seven points among other nonwhites, and down … 22 points among whites. Racists:
One reason Obama may have maintained support among blacks is their overwhelming affiliation with the Democratic Party. This is not a sufficient explanation, though, because Obama’s approval rating has dropped among Democrats even as it has held steady among blacks.
In fact, it appears as though Obama’s relatively small loss in support among Democrats has come exclusively from white Democrats. In late January/early February, Obama averaged 87% approval among white Democrats and 90% approval among nonwhite Democrats. Now, his approval rating among white Democrats is 76%, down 11 points, but is essentially the same (if not a little higher) at 92% among nonwhite Democrats.
Exit question one: Why are white Democrats racist? Exit question two: Which deep red state now has Obama’s approval rating at a feeble 51/42? Answer here.