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Obama Tied Against Generic Republican

The latest Pew poll found that President Obama now has only a one point lead over a generic Republican candidate, well within the margin of error. From Pew:

This shift is driven by a steep drop-off in support for Obama among independents. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted July 20-24 among 1,501 adults and 1,205 registered voters finds that just 31% of independent voters want to see Obama reelected, down from 42% in May and 40% in March. Where Obama held a slim 7-point edge among independent registered voters two months ago, a generic Republican holds an 8-point edge today.

This is consistent with a drop in Obama’s approval among all independents. Currently, a majority (54%) disapprove of Obama’s performance for the first time in his presidency. His approval among independents has slipped to 36% from 42% last month and 49% in late May.

I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama’s drop in support among Independents had a lot to do with the recent sharp increase in pessimism about the economy.

The problems the American people want to see solved right now are joblessness and a bad economy. They have not been seeing any improvement in either for a long time.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at