Gallup recently released a poll asking how voters classify themselves, whether they consider themselves Republican, Democrat, or Independent. The results are particularly intriguing, especially since it appears that there might a statistical tie between Independent voters, who tend to lean Republican or Democrat.
For those who were polled from May 7-10, 2009, 32% considered themselves to be Republican, 32% considered themselves to be Democrat, while 34% considered themselves to be Independent. There was another statistical tie between the Republicans (including leaners) and Democrats (including leaners) at 45%.
What this means? There is a great shift from last month, and perhaps, this is due to many voters becoming angered by Obama’s policies, especially with the bailouts and increased spending at the government level, which has caused our country to plunge further into debt. Since Democrats can no longer blame George W. Bush anymore for the War in Iraq and other policies, they are beginning to run out of ideas on ways to improve our country. In fact, many of their proposals (economic, health care, etc.) are not resonating with the American people. Perhaps, this is why there is a shift on party identification.