Despite their recent victory, the trend shows that Republicans lose members.
OK, so I find this very interesting—and somewhat hopeful. It is from Gallup: “Record-High 42% of Americans Identify as Independents: Republican identification lowest in at least 25 years.”
Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008.
The results are based on more than 18,000 interviews with Americans from 13 separate Gallup multiple-day polls conducted in 2013.
In each of the last three years, at least 40% of Americans have identified as independents. These are also the only years in Gallup’s records that the percentage of independents has reached that level.
Americans’ increasing shift to independent status has come more at the expense of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party. Republican identification peaked at 34% in 2004, the year George W. Bush won a second term in office. Since then, it has fallen nine percentage points, with most of that decline coming during Bush’s troubled second term. When he left office, Republican identification was down to 28%. It has declined or stagnated since then, improving only slightly to 29% in 2010, the year Republicans “shellacked” Democrats in the midterm elections.
Not since 1983, when Gallup was still conducting interviews face to face, has a lower percentage of Americans, 24%, identified as Republicans than is the case now.
Now… we need someone to rise up as a freedom-supporting, Constitutionalist independent, to drive stakes in the hearts of both the Republicans and the Democrats. It’s time for both parties to go the way of the dinosaurs; they have almost completely lost touch with the People.
Again, look at the numbers:
- 42% Independent
- 31% Democrat
- 25% Republican
The traitorous Republicans who just put John Boehner back in office—despite reports of massive pleas from constituents not to do so—seem to be learning nothing from the Party’s plummeting support.
Should they continue to ignore the will of the People—as they have on Boehner, CROmnibus, the bailouts, Obamacare, and countless other issues—perhaps we’ll be fortunate enough to see them crash and burn in the next few years. Better still would be to see the Democrats collapse with them.
It’s time for a new day in Washington, DC, with funerals and burials for both the Donkeys and the Elephants.