Friday, January 7, 2011

What A Shock: Democratic Party Membership Down In 2010

Oh, yeah, that's a real surprise. I mean, some of us were kicked simultaneously in the butt and in the teeth and told to STFU; what possible reason could we have for leaving the Party? Ask Jon Walker of FDL:

Number Who Identify as Democrats Down Big in 2010
By: Jon Walker Friday January 7, 2011 6:21 pm

While the Obama administration is thinking about ways to win over independents in anticipation of the 2012 election, they actually should be worried that a large segment of former Democrats are no longer choosing to identify themselves with the party. From Gallup:

In 2010, 31% of Americans identified as Democrats, down five percentage points from just two years ago and tied for the lowest annual average Gallup has measured in the last 22 years. While Democrats still outnumber Republicans by two points, the percentage identifying as independents increased to 38%, on the high end of what Gallup has measured in the last two decades. [...]

While there is usually some year-to-year variation in party identification at the aggregate level, the changes are typically not large. Thus, the five-point drop in Democratic identification over the past two years, from the party’s 22-year high of 36% (tying the 1988 figure) to its 22-year low of 31%, is notable.

Perhaps equally significant is that the percentage of Americans identifying as Republicans has increased only slightly to 29% during this time, and remains on the low end of what Gallup has measured the past two decades.

This would indicate that the success of the GOP in 2010 was not the result of Republicans successfully winning new converts with new ideas, but a direct result of the failure of the Democratic party.

No fuckin' kidding? Do tell! Why in the world could that be? Could it be that the Obama administration is built upside-down, with assholes at the top?

AFTERTHOUGHT: I know that party membership is not identical to people who identify with a particular party. But I was both, and now I'm neither. Yes, I do blame Obama and his advisers.


  1. I have always been pretty much a independent liberal dating back to before it was a dirty word.

    That said, until this past election, I had never voted a straight Democratic ticket in the over four decades I've been voting. Until the GOP cleans up their act and get rid of slobs like Boehner and Palin, they'll never get my vote again.

  2. A Press secretary's job in the modern era is to lie and obfuscate. $20 an hour is a bargain compared to what BP, Chesapeake Energy, Haliburton and the rest pay.



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