NO APPLAUSE FOR EITHER PARTY – AT 9:35 A.M. ET: Rasmussen reports that Democratic Party affiliation has sunk to its lowest level since Ras started polling, but the news is really no better for the GOP:
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. See the History of Party Trends from January 2004 to the present.
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.
However, the number of Republicans in the country is essentially no different today than it was in November 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president.
The change since Obama’s election is that the number of Democrats has fallen by six percentage points and the number of voters not affiliated with either major party has grown by six. The number of adults not affiliated with either party is currently at 30.6%, up from 24.7% in November 2008.
COMMENT: So Republicans have a chance, but they haven't sealed the deal. The GOP remains unpopular, and must turn that around unless it simply wants to be the party of "no."
January 4, 2009