The Fight for Independent Voters is not What You Think

Much has been said about Bob McDonnell scoring so high with Independent voters. The folks at Public Policy Polling, who are tracking the Deeds-McDonnell imbroglio, offer an interesting analysis on that development:

You might look at those numbers and say Republicans are winning voters in the middle, but there’s a little more to it than that…

As Republican identification levels hit record lows in a lot of polling those voters have to go somewhere and what they’re doing is making the ranks of the independents more conservative and Republican leaning. They may be changing the way they label themselves but they’re still around and voting the same way- just something to keep in mind when talking about the independent vote this year and moving on into 2010.

Food for thought…


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