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Independent women flocking to GOP in final days before midterms: Poll

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Independent women voters are swinging aggressively toward Republican candidates in the final weeks of midterm election campaigning, according to new polling.

A Monday poll from The New York Times and Siena College found that Republicans have an 11-point lead in the demographic, with 46% of Independent women saying they lean toward Republican candidates, while 35% preferred Democrats.

The result shows a startling swing from the same poll conducted in September, which found Democrats having a 12-point lead among Independent women. That poll stated that 43% of the demographic preferred Democrats and 31% favored Republicans.

The massive 23-point shift occurred over just a matter of weeks even as President Biden and Democrats have hammered on the abortion issue in an effort to galvanize female voters.

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks during the Trump Victory press conference on November 6, 2020 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Elaine Cromie/Getty Images) Getty Images © Getty Images Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks during the Trump Victory press conference on November 6, 2020 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Elaine Cromie/Getty Images) Getty Images

NYT's October poll showed a promising outlook for Republicans headed into the final days of midterm campaigning.

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The survey found that roughly 26% of voters said the economy is their most important issue, followed by inflation and cost of living at 18%. Abortion came in third, but at just 5%. Immigration also landed at 5%, while crime rounded out the top five at 3%.

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Meanwhile, another Monday poll from the Associated Press found that voters say they trust Republicans to better handle crime, the economy, immigration and foreign policy, while they favor Democrats on abortion policy and healthcare.

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during the "Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment" event at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit, Nov. 2, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. The administration is holding its first onshore oil and gas leasing sales this week after a court rejected its attempt to suspend sales because of climate change concerns. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File) © (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File) FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during the "Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment" event at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit, Nov. 2, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. The administration is holding its first onshore oil and gas leasing sales this week after a court rejected its attempt to suspend sales because of climate change concerns. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File)

Biden's approval rating has also slipped below 40% for the first time since his boost in support in August. Multiple polls show overwhelming majorities in favor of Democrats abandoning Biden in 2024.

Polls also show the vast majority of Americans hop Republicans don't run former President Donald Trump in the next presidential election.

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