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Top Headline Comments 1-7-10 | Main | Remember When Obama Said He Wouldn't Raise Taxes On Those Making Less Than $250K? Let Me Be Perfectly Clear, He Lied
January 07, 2010

Gallup: Number of Self-identified Dems Falling
Rasmussen: GOP Has Nine Point Advantage on a Generic Ballot

Some big poll news: first, Gallup says that for the first time in three years Democratic self-identification fell below 50% in 2009. That's the yearly number, so it obscures just how far the Democrats' numbers have fallen. The last quarter of 2009 was particularly bad...er, good:

In the first quarter of 2009, coincident with the beginning of the Obama administration, Democrats enjoyed one of the largest advantages for either party since 1991, 13 percentage points (51.7% of Americans identified as Democrats or leaned Democratic, versus 38.7% who identified as or leaned Republican). In each subsequent quarter, the percentage of Democratic supporters declined, and by the fourth quarter, the Democratic advantage had shrunk to 5 points (47.2% to 42.2%).

Second, Rasmussen has Republicans at 44% to Dem 35% on the generic ballot:

The latest generic ballot numbers highlight a remarkable change in the political environment during 2009. When President Obama was inaugurated, the Democrats enjoyed a seven-point advantage on the Generic Ballot. That means the GOP has made a net gain of 16 percentage points over the course of the year. Support for Democrats has declined eight points since Obama's inauguration while Republican support is up nine points.

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