Sunday, July 8, 2007

VA Independents Lean Democratic

Virginia is likely to be a key battleground state in the 2008 presidential election, according to a recent survey conducted by The Washington Post, the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University. This reflects a significant shift in party leanings, as Virginia hasn’t voted Democratic in a presidential race since helping elect Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

The key to this demographic shift is, according to the survey, is with Independents, who make up about a third of Virginia’s voting population. The poll found that four out of ten independents now want a Democrat to become our next president, compared to 33% who favor a Republican. Independents helped Bush take the state in 2004, but were critical to the recent Democratic wins of Governors Warner and Kaine, and Senator James Webb.

The poll attributes this shift from red to blue to a very negative opinion of President Bush (he was ranked the worst president since 1960 by this group), deteriorating conditions in Iraq, and a general uneasiness about the economy.

"The times they are a changin' "

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