Resurgent Republic, the polling operation created by former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie and GOP pollster Whit Ayres, released numbers Tuesday showing self-described independent voters were a key component of the Republicans’ resounding victory at the polls last week.
In a post-election survey, conducted jointly with Democracy Corps, the data showed clearly that “independent voters are now far closer to Republicans than Democrats on their outlook on the direction of the country, their attitudes about its political leadership, and their policy preferences,” the group said in a release.
The key points about the overall political climate the survey found:
The Republicans, even as they continue to sift through the good news they received last Tuesday, need to remember that, in the last midterm election in 2006, as the poll analysis makes clear, “independents supported Democratic congressional candidates by 57 to 39 percent.” None of these numbers are determinate or permanent. How the GOP performs once it takes power in the U.S. House of Representatives and in governorships and state legislatures across the country will do a lot to determine whether they hold.