Thursday, January 3, 2008

Number of Republicans in U.S. Increases in December to Two-Year High

With New Year's and all of the coverage going on with Iowa and New Hampshire, here's a new poll of which I haven't seen much coverage, but it certainly bodes well for the GOP:
The number of Americans who consider themselves to be Republicans jumped nearly two percentage points in December to 34.2%. That's the largest market share for the Republican brand in nearly two years, since January 2006 (see history from January 2004 to present).

At the same time, the number of Democrats fell to 36.3%. That's down a point compared to a month ago. During 2007, the number of Democrats has ranged from a low of 35.9% in July to a high of 37.8% in February. ...

[I]t is startling to note that the Democrats have lost two-thirds of the partisan advantage since taking control of Congress. ...

[Speaker] Pelosi herself is viewed favorably by 38% and unfavorably by 51% of voters nationwide. At her peak, shortly after becoming the first woman Speaker of the House, Pelosi was viewed favorably by 49% of voters. [Editor's Note: I wonder if it's because she's leading this "Do Nothing Congress"?]
Rasmussen also notes that these figures are for "all adults, not Likely Voters." During my years of political involvement, I've always been told that Republicans do far better in likely voter polls than just adults polls, so if this is an all adults poll, I would speculate that the numbers look even better for the GOP when the sample is likely voters. I think polls like this give further proof that other polling outfits should stop substantially underestimating the number of Republicans in their samples.

On top of this poll comes this article on how the RNC has raised $32.5 million more than the DNC in 2007, and has $14.4 million more in cash-on-hand. Happy New Year, indeed!

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