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Independents swinging away from Obama: Poll

Independents who embraced President Barack Obama's call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that's worrisome news for Democrats.

world Updated: Aug 15, 2010 23:21 IST

Independents who embraced President Barack Obama's call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that's worrisome news for Democrats.

Only 32 per cent of those citing no allegiance to either major party say they want Democrats to keep control of Congress in this November's elections, according to combined results of recent Associated Press-GfK polls. That's way down from the 52 per cent of independents who backed Obama over Republican Sen. John McCain two years ago.

Independents voice strong concerns about the economy, with 9 in 10 calling it a top problem and no other issue coming close, the analysis of polls shows. While Democrats and Republicans rank the economy the No. 1 problem in similar numbers, they are nearly as worried about their No. 2 issues, health care for Democrats and terrorism for Republicans.

Ominously for Democrats, independents trust Republicans more on the economy by a modest but telling 42 per cent to 36 per cent.