Majorities of voters in red, blue, and battleground “green” states want President Barack Obama to modify his agenda to take House Republican proposals into account, according to a new Zogby International poll. The results were announced Tuesday, in the run-up to House and Senate votes expected this week on a short-term spending deal that would avert a government shutdown and prolong the budget fight.
Zogby’s poll of 10,000 likely voters took place just days after Obama’s State of the Union speech. It divided voters into three camps:
- Red states that did not vote for Obama in 2008 and are unlikely to do so in 2012.
- Blue states that did not vote for McCain in 2008 and are unlikely to vote GOP in 2012
- And the following battleground “green” states that could go either way in 2012: Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
ATI-News and The O’Leary Report commissioned the poll, which asked: “Knowing that Democrats control the U.S. Senate and Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives, which course of action do you think President Obama should take?”
A 56 percent majority of voters from red states prefer the president modify his agenda to factor in the Republican House, as do 57 percent of green state voters and 52 percent of blue state voters. Only 29 percent of blue state voters want Obama to continue to push his Democratic agenda, as he is doing in the battle over federal spending.
“The White House and the Democratic Party continue to ignore the results of the 2010 midterm elections at their own peril,” said Brad O’Leary, publisher of The O’Leary Report. “Voters across the spectrum are demanding a change in direction, particularly on the matter of federal spending, yet their demands continue to fall on deaf ears at the White House.”
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