Americans Shifted from Majority Democrat to Republican in Biden’s First Year: Gallup
Republicans gained a 14-point swing against Democrats under President Biden in 2021, according to a new Gallup survey.
The survey tracked Americans’ party affiliation throughout the year, which found Democrats to have a 49 to 40 lead in the first quarter. But by the end of the year, Democrats dropped down to 42 while Republicans went to 47 percent.
“Both the nine-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter and the five-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter are among the largest Gallup has measured for each party in any quarter since it began regularly measuring party identification and leaning in 1991,” Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones wrote.
He said the GOP ended the year with the largest advantage seen in two and a half decades.
“These fourth-quarter shifts coincided with strong GOP performances in 2021 elections, including a Republican victory in the Virginia gubernatorial election and a near-upset of the Democratic incumbent governor in New Jersey. Biden won both states by double digits in the 2020 election,” he added.
The majority of Americans, however, identify as independent, according to the survey, with an average of 29 percent identifying as Democrats, 27 percent as Republicans, and 42 as independents.
Josh Jordan tweeted: “If that were to hold into the 2022 midterms it would be a seismic victory on election night – this is the biggest advantage for Republicans since the 1994 ‘Republican Revolution.'”
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