Saturday, April 24, 2010

Party Affiliation Gap in U.S. Narrowest Since 2005

By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA

A new Gallup poll shows that the public support the Democratic Party built during the later years of the Bush administration, and the beginnings of the Obama administration is quickly evaporating. Forty six percent of Americans self identified as Democrat or leaning Democrat while forty five percent self identified as Republican or leaning Republican.

The Democratic party has enjoyed double digit advantages during during eleven of twelve quarters spanning the second quarter of 2006 until the first quarter of 2009. At the end of last year the advantage had shrunk to just five points.

The growth in Republican support has come from the increasing numbers of Independents who now lean to the Republican Party.

To read the entire article click on the link below.

Is it any wonder the rabid left is up in arms today? They see the tide shifting in America and they are having difficulty coping with it.

Not that Rational Nation advocated the political philosophy of the entrenched Republican power structure, but it is heartening to see a shift away from a party that has recently grown more progressive/socialistic in nature. With any luck the Independents will become a growing force in the party and cause it to shape a rational and workable platform that will strengthen America rater than weaken it.

Party Affiliation Gap in U.S. Narrowest Since 2005

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Les,
    Pretty interesting.Sounds like a good poll too, not a "push" poll with an agenda. I appreciate how they first ask party affiliation, then if the individual self-identifies as Independent then question where he/she leans.

    I'd be interested to know how many lean Republican due to identification with conservative principles, and how many lean due to being "pissed off" at Democrats without embracing conservative principles?

    A good portion of Scott Brown's voters (so I've read) were Democrats who felt the party didn't respond to their liberal inclinations and who felt the party took them for granted.

    I'll vote against the Dems this year due to my anger over the HIBOB (health insurance bailout bill).

    Incidentally, had you heard only 9 Reps signed onto RP's anti-mandate bill? I need to dig into it more. IMO it shows both parties were more concerned with funneling our $ to the insurers/big pharma than caring about John Q.

    Later on Les

  2. I responded on Tao's post BTW. I'm completely on board with RP and the Military-Industrial factor is among the major reasons.

    I do however disagree with some aspects of how you regard FDR's fiscal policy which I touched on. However you do raise good points there.

    FDR was certainly a complicated bird.

  3. We will see the limits of liberal self-delusion get tested as the year wears on.

    "With any luck the Independents will become a growing force in the party and cause it to shape a rational and workable platform that will strengthen America rater than weaken it."

    Amen! An end to crony capitalism would be a good start.

  4. @ Oso and Silverfiddle, and all who read this comment stream... This comment stream, albeit limited, really does illustrate the possibility of bipartisanship.

    What you see here is an example of patriotic individuals that in essence are striving to achieve the same goals.

    The difference rests primarily in the methodology to arrive at the same desired end.

    I am an independent conservative (whatever you believe this to mean... more in a later post)and realize that if America is to continue to prosper and succeed it will require the ability and will to listen to varying and divergent viewpoints.

    This has been the goal Rational Nation USA has attempted to fores. However, the far out fringe elements (particularly on the left) have made it impossible o do so.

    My sense has always been... when backed against a wall the natural tendency is for anyone of self esteem to come out fighting.

    I leave the conclusion to you my fellow Americans.

    The visitors that chose to comment on this stream are true American Patriots and I thank them for sharing their wisdom.


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