Digging into the crosstabs of our ABC/Washington Post poll its clear that Obama has a significant problem with independent voters. On every measure, independents are significantly more disappointed with the president and more open to a Mitt Romney message. While 45 percent of voters overall say they approve of Obamas handling of the economy, just 37 percent of independents believe that. Obama has a 12 point advantage among all voters on the issue of who has presented a clearer plan for dealing with the economy Obama or Romney? But among independents that flips to an eight point advantage for Romney. Even on the issue of Romneys record in business, independent voters are more sympathetic to the Republican. Among all voters, more thought that Romney in his work as a corporate investor did more to cut jobs than create them (42 percent to 36 percent). But among independents, that flips to a six point advantage for Romney 43-37 percent. Obama Has Problems With Independent Voters - ABC News And it is only going to get worse.