Gallup: Dem Identification at 22-year Low
It appears the people at Gallup have all sorts of bad news for the Democrats today.
An interesting point to note. While the Dems have slipped five points in two years, they are still two points higher than Republicans (at 29%). More than 40% of voters have been conservative in recent ideology preference polls taken by Gallup and Rasmussen, something that Karl Rove, Charles Krathammer and other so-called “brilliant pundits” seem to have missed. November 2010 was a repudiation of Obama-Pelosi-Reid and liberal poilicies, hardly a ringing endorsement of the GOP.
PRINCETON, NJ — In 2010, 31% of Americans identified as Democrats, down five percentage points from just two years ago and tied for the lowest annual average Gallup has measured in the last 22 years. While Democrats still outnumber Republicans by two points, the percentage identifying as independents increased to 38%, on the high end of what Gallup has measured in the last two decades.
These results are based on aggregated data from 21 separate Gallup and USA Today/Gallup polls conducted in 2010, encompassing more than 25,000 interviews with U.S. adults. Gallup has computed annual averages for party identification since 1988, when it began conducting most of its polls by telephone.
The Gallup Daily tracking poll, initiated in 2008, shows similar party identification figures for 2010 — 32% Democratic, 28% Republican, and 37% independent. The tracking data also show the same trend toward declining Democratic identification coupled with greater increases among independents than Republicans.
While there is usually some year-to-year variation in party identification at the aggregate level, the changes are typically not large. Thus, the five-point drop in Democratic identification over the past two years, from the party’s 22-year high of 36% (tying the 1988 figure) to its 22-year low of 31%, is notable.
Perhaps equally significant is that the percentage of Americans identifying as Republicans has increased only slightly to 29% during this time, and remains on the low end of what Gallup has measured the past two decades.
Hat tip: Gallup Organization
No PumpkinHead; it was a conservative victory, not a RINO win.