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New data: GOP’s gap with independent voters

Thought Leader: Josh Kraushaar
December 27, 2022
Source: Axios
Written by: Josh Kraushaar
Data: AP VoteCast, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press. (The remaining voters chose “another candidate.”) Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Interviews with midterm voters show Republicans continually underperform Democrats with one of the ripest targets in politics — independents who say they don’t lean toward either party.

Why it matters: The interviews, by AP VoteCast (methodology), show a critical mass of moderates aren’t thrilled with Democrats — but are resistant to a MAGA-fied GOP.

The data show Republicans have been stuck in the high 30s among independents in each of the past three elections.

Between the lines: In November, independents didn’t entirely blame Biden for the bad economy, even though they rated it poorly, AP reports.

Reality check: That nuance was often missing from GOP messaging.

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