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Democrats Losing Party Members Rapidly According to Poll

Rasmussen Reports has an interesting take on their Party Affiliation survey. While their conclusion that membership in both parties is down, the decline for the Democrats has been rapid since 2008, indicating that many who became Democrats during the Bush presidency have now become unaffiliated again, with those identifying as Democrats shrinking to the lowest numbers since the poll began in January, 2004.

While the Republicans have held within a range of 31% to 34% going back to January, 2008, the Democrats peaked prior to the Obama election at almost 42% and are now down to 35%. At one point, the advantage (now only 3%) was over 10% for the Democrats.

It appears that while Republicans are holding fairly steady, Democrats are in a steep and rapid decline.

I disagree with the Rasmussen conclusion that both parties are losing members. To be sure, the poll proves that Democrats are leaving in droves – membership is down nearly 20% from 2008. But the numbers leaving the Republican ranks are far smaller, and most are likely “Tea Party” Republicans who are moving away from the Republicans, but definitely not towards the Democrats. Most will ultimately vote for the Republican candidates.

Those leaving the Democratic party are moving towards the Republican party, as they shift to the right. Or more likely as the Democrats shift to the left.

While the Republicans would no doubt like to see a trend moving towards Republicans, the good news is, the Democrat deserters are moving to the right.

Those abandoning the Democrats are angry with the leftist policies and radicalism of the Democratic Party. But while they are angry with the Democrats, they are not exactly falling in love with Republicans.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.

Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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