Interesting bit from Rasmussen. The percentage of voters who identify themselves as democrat has dropped over two percentage points in the last two months. This has NOT been shifts to republican ranks, however. The percentage of voters identifying themselves as republican is the same as that of the 2008 election. The shift has been to independents, an increase from 24.7% in November 2008 to 30.6% at the time of this most recent survey.
If the republicans want to maintain power and position over the democrats, they had better start listening to those independents, Tea Partiers and their own party’s conservatives. Here is an excerpt from Rasmussen that points out these particulars.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
In December, the number of Americans identifying themselves as Democrats fell to the lowest level recorded in more than seven years of monthly tracking by Rasmussen Reports.
Currently, 35.5% of American adults view themselves as Democrats. That’s down from 36.0 a month ago and from 37.8% in October. Prior to December, the lowest total ever recorded for Democrats was 35.9%, a figure that was reached twice in 2005.
The number of Republicans inched up by a point in December to 34.0%. That’s the highest total for Republicans since December 2007, just before the 2008 presidential campaign season began.
The reality of these surveys is that there are still more people identifying themselves as democrat than there are republican. RNC, take note. Return to your base, support conservatives and Tea Partiers. Don’t retain RINOs. Otherwise, the republican party will go the way of the Whigs. Perhaps that would be a good thing but the cost to the country would be severe and perhaps unrecoverable.
(H/T to Hotair.com for the Republican Icon.)