The Fruits of Corporatism and War: Democratic Party ID Ties 22-Year Low
Have the policies of President Obama been good for the Democratic Party? The answer, in the short term at least, is a resounding no.
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.
Without a doubt, there are going to be those (including perhaps Obama himself) who will giddily interpret this poll as a call to “move to the middle” and to “work with Republicans.”
But that’s obviously a mistake, since Republican ID is also still at historic lows — at 29%.
In other words, independents are abandoning the Democratic Party, not because they want Democrats to be more like Republicans, but because they’re seeing less and less difference between the parties in the age of Obama.