Reeling in Independent Voters to Take Back Congress

Two polls out this week have shown Americans are losing faith in the Obama administration. On Tuesday, the ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that nearly 60% of Americans “lack faith” in President Obama. 58% of respondents said they had “just some” or “none” confidence in Obama to make the right decision for America’s future.

Time Magazine just published their latest poll, showing that 49% of respondents approve of Obama’s performance while 45% disapprove. 56% of respondents said that the U.S. is on the wrong track.

The scary part for Republicans is that 72% of those polled in the ABC News/Washington Post poll expressed the same sentiments about Republicans leading the country. This is all just plain nepotism by our fellow citizens. We need to “woo” our fellow citizens in believing that small government is the right path for our country.

Time Magazine offers some interesting insight as well. When trying to figure out who to blame for the economic conditions however, 61% of respondents blame the Bush Administration for the faulty economy, while only 27% fault Obama.

Republicans need to convince Americans that being fiscally conservative and being proactive in creating a strong, yet small government. The polls indicate that while it may be a rough year for Democrats, that independent voters don’t yet trust Republicans after being in the majority in Congress from 2002-2006.

In my mind, Republicans will turn out far and wide to show their opposition to President Obama’s policies and where he has led the country. However, if Republicans don’t work to garner support from the independents, at a national level the Republicans may not gain as many seats as possible. It’s tempting to forget about these voters, especially as the primary season approaches. However, my two cents would be to have Congressional candidates knocking on doors on the ground in parades.

Republicans should take every chance possible to meet, talk with, and rationalize with independent voters. With between 20-30% of all Americans claiming to be “independent,” Nationally, Republicans will need their votes in order to reach the ultimate goal of being back in the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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