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October 21, 2010
Majority of Indies see Dems as more liberal than they are
Another signpost on the victory highway:
In another potentially troubling sign for Democratic candidates, three in five independent voters in key House districts say Congress's Democratic leadership is to the left of them on the political spectrum.Gee...ya think? After spending two years making it crystal clear that they meant to "transform America" into a liberal paradise, it's a wonder anyone thinks that Pelosi and Reid can be anything but far to the left of mainstream Americans.
The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll found that 61 percent of likely independent voters in 10 battleground House districts - a critical swing demographic - think the leadership under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is more liberal than they are.
Only 16 percent of independents say Pelosi and Reid - both of whom have been vilified by Republicans on the campaign stump - hold political views similar to their own.
"That's a very significant finding that tells you where independents are likely to go," said Mark Penn, president of Penn Schoen Berland, which conducted the poll. "In terms of independents, Reid and Pelosi are viewed as out of step."
These numbers show that even though Indies will probably not vote in numbers similar to 2008, those that do take the trouble to show up to the polls plan on sending Pelosi and Reid a message that will sweep them from power.