Gallup Poll: 30% Will be Voting Against Obama in Midterms

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Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:29 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Nearly a third of those planning to cast ballots this fall say they'll be votes against President Obama, a Gallup poll released Thursday found — mirroring the results of a poll just before the 2010 Republican rout that swept a new wave of GOP lawmakers into office.

Nearly a quarter, 24 percent, said they'll be voting in the fall midterms to support Obama, a slight uptick from the 22 percent who said so in 2010, the poll showed.

Forty-three percent said their vote won't be a reflection on the president at all.

"In October 2010, those voting to oppose President Obama, then in his first term and enjoying Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress, was 8 percentage points higher than those who said they were voting to support the president," the poll analysis noted. "The election ended in a Republican rout that hampered the president's ability to enact his agenda."

Similarly, the pollsters noted, in the 2006 midterms, more voters said they were voting to oppose the second-term President Bush than support him, and the gap "was reflected in the final election results, with Democrats taking back both chambers of Congress."

The poll analysis noted "Republican resistance to the president is as strong today as it was before that [2010] pivotal election," with more than six in 10 Republicans saying their vote will be a message of opposition to Obama — "on par with the situation in November 2010."

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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