The ‘Obama Independents’

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Ryan Lizza: “Over at Third Way, Michelle Diggles and Lanae Erickson take a deep dive into the data to show that the real swing vote for Obama is a group they call Obama Independents–voters who ‘liked and voted for [Obama] just 3 years ago… were the most ideologically moderate segment of the electorate,’ and ‘are true swing voters, with one-quarter voting Republican in 2010 and one-quarter voting for President Bush in 2004.’ This group, which we are likely to hear a lot about in the coming months, is disproportionately young, female, and secular, and it was hit hard by the recession. One quarter of its members are non-white.”

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