Poll: More Americans Self-Identify as Democrats Than Republicans
Posted on Mar 29, 2006
According to Gallup, Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independents make up 49% of the population, Republicans 42%. Last year, the parties were dead even at 46%.
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In a (perhaps) historic shift, more Americans now consider themselves Democrats than Republicans, the Gallup organization revealed today.
Republicans had gained the upper hand in recent years, but 33% of Americans, in the latest Gallup poll, now call themselves Democrats, with those favoring the GOP one point behind. But Gallup says this widens a bit more “once the leanings of Independents are taken into account.”
Independents now make up 34% of the population. When asked if they lean in a certain direction, their answers pushed the Democrat numbers to 49% with Republicans at 42%. One year ago, the parties were dead even at 46% each.