Obama’s big change: He moves America to the Right
By: BYRON YORK
Chief Political Correspondent
October 27, 2009
As promised, Barack Obama is bringing change to America. He’s making it more Republican.
It’s not that more people are actually becoming Republicans or calling themselves Republicans — the number of voters who formally identify with the party is at its lowest point in years. But we appear to be in the early stages of a shift in which political independents, people who not too long ago were sick of Republicans, are now leaning toward GOP positions on some key issues.
They still call themselves independents, but they’re worried by the left-leaning policies of President Obama and the Democratic Congress, especially on the economy. “The middle, which wanted to move away from George W. Bush, did not want to move this far left,” says a Republican pollster who is tracking the shift. “They are tending to agree with what Republicans are saying more and more, despite the previous eight years.”
For example, in a private poll done recently for the House GOP leadership, voters were asked whether they think the economic stimulus package is working. The two parties were on opposite sides of the question — 60 percent of Democrats said the stimulus is working, and 79 percent of Republicans said it’s not. But among independents, 57 percent said the stimulus is not working — a number much closer to the Republican than the Democratic position.