More Americans identify as Democrats

Gallup: In Shift, More Americans Now Call Themselves Democrats

In a (perhaps) historic shift, more Americans now consider themselves Democrats than Republicans, the Gallup organization revealed today.

Republicans had gained the upper hand in recent years, but 33% of Americans, in the latest Gallup poll, now call themselves Democrats, with those favoring the GOP one point behind. But Gallup says this widens a bit more “once the leanings of Independents are taken into account.”

Independents now make up 34% of the population. When asked if they lean in a certain direction, their answers pushed the Democrat numbers to 49% with Republicans at 42%. One year ago, the parties were dead even at 46% each.

I dunno. I should take this as a positive sign, but I have a tough time seeing it that way. The intense disgust that I have with Republicans doesn’t translate into any kind of real like for the Democrats. I take the pragmatic view that they’re the only way to get the Republicans out of power right now and support them towards that end, but the reality is that they’re two sides of the same coin and really no better. The choice in American politics is smoke and mirrors, an illusion both sides work to maintain. The only real differences lie in which set of corporate interests they’re beholden to.

A real historic shift would be more Americans identifying as independents and leaning towards Green or Libertarian or some other third party. That’s what I’d like to see, as that would cause a real disruption in American politics. But then I’m just a dreamy idealist.

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