A new record on the Rasmussen index:
Not only did Independent voters desert the candidates in those races who were vigorously supported by Obama, but independents continue to flee from Obama nationwide.
Chris Cillizza analyzes the new Washington Post/ABC News national survey and finds:
Only on international affairs does Obama get majority support with 57 percent of independents offering approval for the job he is doing.That same trend is being tracked by the Gallup daily poll and other national polls like the latest Quinnipiac survey in which Obama's job approval rating has dropped below 50% for the first time.
The rest of Obama's approval scores among independents on the seven issues tested in the poll range from fair to borderline poor. Forty six percent approve of his handling of "the threat of terrorism" while 45 percent said he has done a good job on the economy.
Obama's job approval ratings are weaker among independents when it comes to health care (41 percent), Afghanistan (39 percent) and the budget deficit (37 percent).
While Obama maintains a positive job approval among independents (50 percent approve/47 percent disapprove) the broad skepticism toward how he is handling some of the country's critical priorities could spell trouble down the road for the president.
What's happening here?
I can't put it better than Obama's former Pastor Rev. Wright: