Only 31% of Americans Call Themselves Democrats

Republican identification inches up to 29%
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2011 11:27 AM CST
A sample ballot is seen with "None of These Candidates" as a choice, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – The number of people who consider themselves Democrats has plunged to its lowest level in more than two decades, to just 31%, according to a Gallup analysis of several polls. That ties the lowest score the donkeys have ever received since Gallup began polling in 1988—and a big drop from two years ago, when 36% called themselves Democrats amidst Barack Obama’s presidential run.

But only 29% of voters actually identify themselves as Republicans, a tiny increase. “Even as Republicans were enjoying great electoral success, the percentage of Americans identifying with the GOP barely increased,” the pollster noted. “The major movement … seems to be away from the Democratic Party and toward independent.” Indeed, the number identifying themselves as independent shot to 38%. The last time it was that high just happens to have been 1994—when Republicans scored a similar midterm coup.

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