Poll: Obama Voters Deserting Democrats

Women, Catholics, independents now favoring GOP
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2010 1:37 AM CDT
Updated Oct 28, 2010 7:23 AM CDT
Poll: Obama Voters Deserting Democrats
A woman adjusts an Obama button.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Key groups of voters who helped President Obama win in 2008 and delivered Congress to the Democrats in 2006 are favoring the GOP this time around, a New York Times/CBS poll finds. Women, Catholics, less affluent voters, and independents are all leaning Republican, the poll finds. Women are set to choose Republicans over Democrats in House races for the first time since polls started tracking voting demographics in 1982.

Some 57% of voters said they were more willing to take a chance on a candidate with little political experience. More than a quarter said they'd be happy to vote for somebody with views that "seem extreme." The poll—which found that Republican voters are a lot more enthusiastic about voting this time around than Democrats—is largely good news for the GOP, though with 78% of respondents saying that they believe congressional Republicans should compromise to get things done, it points to potential trouble ahead within the party if a sizable number of Tea Party candidates get elected. (More President Obama stories.)

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