Democrats lost the independents
With the midterm elections less than a week away, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds that Republicans continue to hold an advantage over Democrats in the generic House ballot. Forty-six percent of likely voters say they plan to vote Republican, while 40 percent say they will vote Democrat.More than any other factor this election is a vote against Democrats in general and Obama in particular. While the media has tried to cast voters in a "sour" mood and angry, I sense something else. I have never enjoyed voting against Democrats more and I think many other voters are looking forward to sending Democrats a message that we are happy to see them lose.
The advantage can be attributed in large part to independents, who are breaking hard for the GOP. Forty-seven percent of independent likely voters say they plan to vote Republican, while just 32 percent plan to vote Democrat. Seventeen percent haven't made up their minds.
More than four in five Democrats and Republicans, meanwhile, say they are sticking with their party.
A majority of likely voters say their House vote is a referendum on President Obama, and more are voting against the president than for him. Thirty-two percent are casting a vote against Mr. Obama, while 22 percent are casting their vote to support him. Forty-two percent say their vote is about something else.