A new New York Times/CBS News poll shows that Republicans are solidifying the electorate, winning over groups that put Obama into office.
One of the most dramatic changes occurs in a once reliable Democratic voting base: women.
The poll found that a greater proportion of women would choose Republicans over Democrats in House races than at any time since exit polls began tracking the breakdown in 1982.
In addition, the Times visited Defiance, Ohio, home of a General Motors plant that was kept open after the company was saved by the federal government, and found that the traditionally Democratic electorate is thinking more Republican.
In a story headlined "Typically Democratic Town Shifts Uneasily," Times reporter Erik Eckholm said:
But bonds to the Democratic Party seem to be loosening here in northwest Ohio, after two years of economic hardship and a growing sense that many children will be financially worse off than their parents. Skepticism about big government has hardened, especially among the small-business owners who are an increasingly dominant civic voice.