How do up to 90% of the voters asked in the exit polls approve of Obama, but disapprove of the economy? I’d bet that in the coming months these people will come to realize that they are one and the same. Obama is the economy. He created this; he owns it. There is a clear disapproval of the policies and it is showing at the polls. Stay tuned.
Vast economic discontent marked the mood of Tuesday’s off-year voters, portending potential trouble for incumbents generally and Democrats in particular in 2010. Still the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey looked less like a referendum on Barack Obama than a reflection of their own candidates and issues.
Majorities of voters – 52 percent in Virginia, and 57 percent in preliminary exit poll results in New Jersey – approved of the way Obama is handling his job. Most in both states, moreover, said the president was not a factor in their vote.
Perhaps most striking – though simply confirmatory of national polls – were economic views. A vast 90 percent in New Jersey and 84 percent in Virginia said they’re worried about the direction of the nation’s economy in the next year; 55 percent and 50 percent, respectively, said they’re “very” worried about it.
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