Gallup: GOP Falls With Nearly Every Group, Down To Conservative, Church-
A new analysis by Gallup, compiled from their national polling done all
this year, shows just how extensive the Republican Party's drop in voter
self-identification has been, with decreases in nearly every demographic.
Compared to 2001, when George W. Bush first took office as president, GOP
self-identification has fallen by ten points among college graduates, nine
points among those 18-29 years of age, nine points in the Midwest, six in
the East, five in the West, and even four points in the South. Married
people identifying as Republicans have decreased by five points, and the
difference is eight points among the unmarried. The list goes on and on.
In 2001, voters were 33% Democratic, 32% Republican, and 34% independent,
with a Republican edge of 47%-46% after leaners were pushed. But now, it's
36% Democrats, 27% Republicans and 37% independents, with a huge Democratic
advantage of 52%-37% with leaners.
The only bright spots for the GOP are three base groups: Frequent
churchgoers, with no decrease at all; conservatives, with only a one-point
decrease; and voters 65 years of age or older, with a one-point decrease.
It should also be noted that they've only gone down one point among non-
whites -- but this is because they didn't have much party identification
there to begin with.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and
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