Friday, September 01, 2006

We're winning

Hmm. Maybe Democrats don't have to start having more babies to ensure the party's survival, after all.

A new survey indicates that more Americans are identifying themselves as Democrats, and fewer as Republicans, than at any time in the past several years.

The number of Americans calling themselves Republican has fallen to its lowest level in more than two-and-a-half years. Just 31.9% of American adults now say they're affiliated with the GOP. That's down from 37.2% in October 2004 and 34.5% at the beginning of 2006. These results come from Rasmussen Reports tracking surveys of 15,000 voters per month and have a margin of sampling error smaller than a percentage point.

The number of Democrats has grown slightly, from 36.1% at the beginning of the year to 37.3% now.

Those who claim to be unaffiliated have increased to 30.8% this month. That's the highest total recorded since Rasmussen Reports began releasing this data in January 2004.

Add it all together and the Democrats have their biggest net advantage—more than five percentage points—since January 2004.
The story doesn't make this point, but those numbers indicate that Democrats and Republicans have actually traded places on self-identified affiliation. In fact, we're a fraction of a point ahead of where they were in 2004.

And, I assure you that those "unaffiliated" voters include a lot of former Republicans who are disgusted with the GOP, but just can't bring themselves to say "Democrat." Even if they don't vote for the Dems in November, they are much less likely to get out and vote for the Republicans.


betmo said...

i think that they are just too embarrassed to admit that they are in any way affiliated with the likes of the repubs. of course, i am thinking about changing my affiliation to independent after november myself as i am a bit disgusted by the way the dems have conducted themselves. no reason that it should have taken so long for them to act.