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Pollsters: Obama risks losing independents as jobless rate climbs

Dave Cook | The Christian Science Monitor | July 8, 2011

Two Republican pollsters say their data show that both Republican and independent voters are growing angrier about the stubbornly high jobless rate.

With the economy performing poorly according to new unemployment figures for June, President Obama runs the risk of facing angry voters next year – not just Republicans but independents as well.

That’s the view of two Republican pollsters who spoke Friday at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for journalists. At the session, they reported on voter focus groups conducted in June and sponsored by Resurgent Republic, a Republican organization that says it tries to shape the debate over the proper role of government.

The government’s announcement Friday that the unemployment rate rose unexpectedly to 9.2 percent in June adds to politicians' focus on the issue of voter anger over a sour economy. The June jobless figure was the highest this year and reflected the fact that employers added only 18,000 jobs last month, the worst performance since May 2010.

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