Thirty Percent of November Ballots Were Votes Against Obama

Thirty Percent of November Ballots Were Votes Against Obama

Thirty Percent of November Ballots Were Votes Against Obama

A recent Harris Poll asked voters if it was better for the country when different parties controlled Congress and the White House.  When answering, 43 percent of respondents said they felt that having different parties controlling the White House and Congress was a good thing, while only 21 percent said that having the same party control the two branches of government was good for the country.  Thirty-six percent were unsure if it was a good or bad. 

The results were similar to results found in both 2006 and 2008.

The poll, conducted online between November 8 and 15, also looked at who thought it was a good thing for power to be split between parties.  Fifty-eight percent of Republican respondents felt that it was important for power to be split between the two parties, while only 30 percent of Democrats felt the same way.  Nearly 50 percent of independent respondents felt that the country was better off when the majority of congress and the President were from different parties.

In addition to questions about the division of government among parties, the poll also wanted to know why voters voted the way they did in the recent November elections.  The results were as expected.  Thirty-one percent of voters said their vote was directed against President Obama, while 27 percent said their vote was an endorsement of the current President.

Digging a little deeper, the poll found that over half of Democrats said their vote was for the president and nearly two-thirds of Republicans said their vote was against the President.  Independent voters were more likely to vote for the candidates actually on the ballot with only 14 percent saying their vote was for the president and 33 percent saying they voted against the president when casting their ballot.  Thirty-one percent of Republicans, 43 percent of Democrats, and 53 percent of Independents said that President Obama played no part in the way they voted.


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