Poll: GOP Steamrolling Toward Midterm Vote
They're picking up crucial blocs such as independents, seniors
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2010 7:02 PM CDT
Mike Lee, who, along with Tim Bridgewater, denied Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah a chance to run for re-election on the GOP ticket. Bennett was the first victim of growing anti-incumbent sentiment.   (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)
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(Newser) – A new poll has old news for Democrats: The midterm elections are going to be ugly. The Wall Street Journal/NBC survey says Republicans have won back crucial blocs that strayed in recent elections, including independents, seniors, suburban women, and rural voters. Also, about a third of respondents say they don't trust the government, triple the number from October and a sign of the anti-incumbent sentiment already evident in early races.

"This data is what it looks like when Republicans assemble what for them is a winning coalition," the GOP pollster who co-conducted the survey tells the Journal. His Democratic counterpart agrees, despite accomplishments for President Obama and Democrats such as the health care bill, the nuclear pact with Russia, and a quick arrest in the Times Square case. "A lot has happened," he said, "but the basic dynamic of the 2010 elections seems almost set in concrete."