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Gallup Examines Democrats

November 10, 2011 by  

Gallup Examines Democrats

A report by Gallup published on Tuesday notes two changes that have occurred in the Democratic Party since it nominated Barack Obama as its 2008 Presidential candidate: It is more liberal and less white now.

The study examined a segment of the population who identified themselves as Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents and found that since 2008 this segment of the population has fallen from 50 to 43 percent. The number of Republicans grew by 3 percent — to 40 percent — as did independents who preferred neither party — to 15 percent — during the same time frame.

Among Democrats, the number of those who described themselves as liberal grew from 35 to 37 percent, a fact researchers attribute to moderates and conservatives who once identified with some Democratic values feeling largely disenfranchised in recent years.

Over the past three years, the Democratic Party also noticed a small ethnic shift, according to the findings, with the number of party members who identified themselves as black growing from 16 to 19 percent and non-Hispanic white Democrats decreasing from 66 to 63 percent.

Other Gallup findings indicate no significant shift in the fact that Democrats are less likely than the U.S. population as a whole to marry or attend regular church services and more likely to be college educated.

The age of the Party has decreased slightly as more 18- to 29-year-olds identify themselves as Democrats. It also has become more female; women represent 55 percent of the Party’s base.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Ted Crawford

    It’s startlingly clear that the Democrat Party has moved to the left in the past couple of decades. Lok at how Democrats once viewed governance;
    “A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced Federal Budget” John Kennedy and even Lyndon Johnson, by very, very far not one of my favorites, “You do not examine legislation in the light of the good it would convey if properly administered, but in light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered”
    Todays Democrats beginning with the President are clearly headed in the opposite direction, attempting to increase taxes everywhere they can, even on Christmas Trees!! Nearly all their legislation causes harm, Even if Properly administered! I submit PPACA, Dodd-Frank, Thousands of new regulations and hundreds of new agencies. Heck the First Lady is even trying to force us to EAT what she says is good for us! They are clearly over the left cliff!

    • eddie47d

      So Michelle encourages Americans to eat healthy and you say she is Forcing you to eat healthy. Man are you misguided! Go out and eat another Ding Dong as if you need another sugar high.

      • Brad

        She’s a huge hypocrit eating hot wings and potato chips, oh and lets not forget those vacations she went on and ate like fat queen.

        • libertytrain

          You mean the rib joint they frequent here when they come isn’t a health food restaurant? Huh….

        • eddie47d

          Who cares about what she eats on her own time. Eating healthy is an important issue which we should all be concerned about. There are many smokers I know who tell others not to smoke because they see the dangers. Maybe Michelle grew up enjoying ribs and it’s a bad habit. That doesn’t mean she can’t encourage others not to do so.

          • libertytrain

            typical eddie… as I say not as I do….

          • http://naver samurai

            I agree with you Libertytrain. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • eddie47d

            Is that like Republicans saying they can run a state without taxes but turn around and Have To do it too? LOL

          • http://naver samurai

            Only if the libs are the majority Ed. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • eddie47d

            Either way smart Alick!

          • http://naver samurai

            Happy Veterans Day everyone! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

            P.S. I thank everyone who served and let us remember those who died for this great nation.

      • http://naver samurai

        So does my wife, but she sets the example by preparing healthy food and not eating junk like Michelle. I’ll bet she must have put on a few pounds since coming into the White House. Maybe she is trying to be the next dairy queen? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • eddie47d

          More bigoted insults from the great one!

          • http://naver samurai

            How can they be bigoted remarks when I never mentioned race? Neeeeed to be making that popping sound. If you really want to know why things are the way they are, just look at this site. It takes you to the bilderberg home page on their site.


            FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • steve in AZ

    Yes. The Department of Indoctrination must go.

    No surprise that young people, bereft of parental concern, raised in the loveless environs of day-care where they are taught early to conform before being cast into the Public Indoctrination system, where they receive no education except that of conformity, feel most at home in the collective.

    • Violet Angel

      The video is hilarious!

      • http://naver samurai

        I secon that motion! This sounds like the libs we have now occupying the White House. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • eddie47d

      I thought it was two Republicans thinking about what to do next in Congress! Should we go to Washington and show them?

      • Jeep

        What are you going to show them eddie? How to raise taxes (steal), keep unemployment over 9% (govt regulation), increase credit card spending (deficit spending), take over healthcare, spend billions on bailouts that result in huge bonuses to the “1%”, give millions to failing companies or alienate our enemies while starting new wars and aiding those vowed to destroy us? Is that what you are going to show them what to do? Or, maybe you are going to show them how to encourage uncivilized behavior (OWS)? Maybe you can show them how not to stop border incursions by illegal aliens?

      • eddie47d

        You are duped Jeep and swallowing an awful lot of swill. The OWS are protesting a corrupt Wall Street which is also in bed with Republicans.Republicans can’t operate without taxes anymore than Democrats can’t. Nice try though! Republicans supported the 2008 Tarp which got this mess into high gear or did you forget that? Those wars you blame on Democrats were started by Republicans so who is doing the alienating? Republicans supported those bonuses and Wall Street credit for decades and now you conveniently blame it all on Democrats. Oh yes it was Conservative businesses that brought illegals into this country to work for them and for low pay. So please get off the kool aid Jeep.

        • guidepost

          To eddie47d:
          Eddie, you are a misinformed idiot.
          Good luck in life…you’ll need it!!

          • eddie47d

            You do need a guidepost with a light on top to find your way. More silly slander so how does it feel?

        • http://naver samurai

          GOP, baaaaa! TARP, baaaaa! Iraq and Afghanistan, baaaaa! Chaaaaange! I swear you must be a sheeple Ed. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • eddie47d

            Dems,Baaa! Gays,Baaa! Women’s right to choose,Baaa!Yes you certainly are a sheeple!

          • http://naver samurai

            Yes you are ed-duh, but we don’t hold that against you, much. How about watching this one about Obama bin Laden.


            Watch the video with Sheriff Joe. It’s very informative. He’s even gotten death threats from libs traitors and cowards about his investigating. Looks like your “messiah” is on his last legs. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • steve in AZ
    • bob wire

      LOL ! that never stops being funny !

      That it’s rooted in pretend and contrived and not indicative of anything but party opposition and a prevailing attitude hardly reflect any truth except to those that “wish” to believe it.

      For we know Slick Willy bested your best consistently, beat the GOP like a drum! A “Coming and a Going” and still cast a huge shadow on the political landscape today. haha hehe! ☺

      I enjoyed Ronald Reagan humor when he got shot and asked ~ “Was he a democrat?”

  • Lori

    Since the election of Obama, more exposure has been made to the public how liberal/marxist/fascist the Democratic party are. Among the younger generation I know, majority are Libertarian as they are disguised with the Dems and Repubs, distrust the government, and rely on the internet to get true facts on events since our media continues to spew lies.

  • CP

    To Lori, and all who believe the internet is the sole source of accurate information, there is far more disinformation on here than accurate and truthful information. And yes, the Republicans are as guilty of placing misleading material as any other political entity. You have to read all sides, then compare where they agree and disagree before you can even begin to sort out the truth of any matter. For those of you who trust Fox news, take a good look at the owner and what he has, knowingly or not, allowed to go on in his organization in England and Europe. If it is going on there, don’t think for a minute the same thing isn’t going on here. The only difference is that no one has yet been caught here.

  • steve in AZ

    Leading Democrats I have yachted with…

  • bob wire

    I don’t know nothing about no stinking polls!

    I know that I am looking forward to a tight 2012 general election race.

    Sometimes, I feel as if We are greatly over prepared and might quite simply blow the GOP out of the water. There is many shifting events in play suggesting it a possibility. I could offer you a list but it’s best that you not know and stay tuned into whatever you listen to.

    But I will brag about Russel of Arizona, has been handed his head and no more a high profile part of States business, ~ Oh Dear , what is Governor Brewer to do? She must now think for herself.

    GOP midterm gains is being consumed today by disenchantment with the fruits of their efforts. Their chicken are coming home.

    • eddie47d

      Great catch Bob on bringing up Russell.

    • bob wire

      That guy was a real a$$hole, bully, crook and criminal. The Tea Party really screwed up big time when they thought it clever to hitch their wagon to the state of Arizona’s business.

      If you want creditability and supporting voters you would think that the Tea Party would vet the state’s affairs instead of welcoming in people for their contempt, greed and hatred for laws and nonwhite people.

      Yea! you are crazy enough to be one of us! Holster you piece and Come on in!

  • s c

    Gallup is basically irrelevant. Mental competency is what’s needed. At one time, within certain limits, ‘Republicans’ could be counted to act like ‘Republicans,’ and even ‘Democrats’ could be counted on to act like ‘Democrats.’
    For many years, both major parties have attracted SO MANY worthless muthas who have NO standards for behavior or ideals that it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between a herd of career criminals and those who go to Washington.
    The Founders were prophetic when they took the position that NO ONE in their right mind would DARE to become professional, career politicians. They knew what the dangers were, and with time (perks, money and titles) here we are, neck-deep in a toilet. Those who are supposed to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution are trying to flush us down that damned toilet. Anybody wondering why Americans are so fed up with BOTH parties (and that prostituted parrot who claims he’s an “independent”)?
    Standards are where it’s at, folks. If you don’t have any, it will come out. But WHY inflict YOUR failings on the American people? We don’t need polls to figure out who sucks and who has a chance to make America better and safer.

  • daniel

    Count me in with being fed up with both parties. Their party has been at our expense. That being said the poll discussed in this article failed to address the polarization of American politics. It used to be that blue dog democrats and moderate conservative republicans could form an alliance. That is not happening now. As it stands you have the progressives proposing and the republicans disposing with Obama imposing. All the progressives do is expand a program and if the republicans don’t go along then liberals cry that republicans are starving children. Boehner and his crowd succumb jumble numbers and compromise to give the liberals all they wanted.
    The alienation of the American voter is gone too far and that is not a good thing. Let’s see what the next chapter is going to be. I am waiting for an emergency to happen with martial law personally.

    • Jeep

      daniel, the average American voter is not really alienated at all. The lock step storm troopers like bob wire and eddie will always vote for their progressive liberal guy without question.

      Progressives have a vested interest in voting for their own. Their safety net and livelihood depends on who is in office. They want whatever “freedom” can buy. Such as “free” healthcare, “free” education, “free” retirement, and whatever else “free” they can get their hands on.

      Unfortunately, the small minority on the other side, just want to be left alone. To succeed or fail on our own merits. To raise our children without govt influence. We rely on our families, churches and communities in hard times and are willing to give back in good times. But, the left cannot accomplish their “free” life without digging into the pocketbooks of the right. Oh, they make it sound so noble with calls to “save the children” or help the homeless. They call us heartless, but, they are a selfish lot who only use the needy to gin up the middle to support their desire for “free stuff”.

      The middle is easily influenced. And, the progressive playbook is full of tried and true methods. They lie, they cheat and they steal as the ends will always justify the means. The left will eventually win and turn our capitalist economy into their socialist “eutopia”. While we argue minor points with their shills, the left are focused on the big picture. While the eddies and the bobs do their grunt work as willing fodder, the left elites can accomplish their goal of “transforming” the late, great United States into a third world petty socialist society. There will come a time when the money runs out for SSI, medicare, obamacare, bailouts and Wall Street payoffs. But the liberal elites will have already run off to the bank. And, to heck with eddie and bob, their former stooges will be left behind wondering why the hospitol is closed and there is a zero balance on their checkbooks.

      • eddie47d

        You got your response above clueless in Kalamazoo! Who are you a stooge too?

      • bob wire

        That’s an illusion that you carry JEEP, making it yours and not mine. ~ I take the position to defend and so you assume what I am, my values, my worth, my ability or lacking of, to process thoughts and ideas.

        O’s administration and the “left” gets so little defense here, I’m here for balance less you go off into LaLa land. Forgive me for interfering with you lynching party as I know that you are having a lots of fun.

        Much like the guys down at the VFW Hall, all in agreement! moving and thinking, and speaking as one. If one of them don’t like you, none of them like one. I don’t believe that was the way that our nation was forged out of the wilderness. For without strong resistance and opposition things grow thin and weakly!


        Offer my Ron Paul. ~ Try as you may, he will not be the GOP candidate.

        Why do I think that? ~ GOP voters are not that bright for one thing.

        Too many would buy the sizzle rather then the steak. They like eye candy and catchy wording and phrases. TOO MANY, base their decisions on their feelings and knee jerk reactions. They are a sucker for a “Poser” and a slick sales pitch, pretty colors and something snappy. There is Just too many of them and the best man will not make the cut. The man that has the vision to see the errors made long ago and to see the future and our rightful place in it.

        The DNC is almost as bad with dumb voters, ~ but we have accepted the notions of personal liberty and compromise for “everyone”. We champion Gays rights not because we like gays but accept that they are people that will never go away and they are victims of birth. Their numberts are greater then you think and they are citizens too! They have and always will be persecuted in spite our efforts, we know that, they know that as well. Can you fathom the position a Gay person finds themselves in? Do you really believe that it’s defiance or sexual lust that drives them? NO! ~ they are like you and I, trying to cope and exist in a volatile world.

        We really didn’t need Jesse Jackson rainbow collation, Jesse’s crowd ran off more votes then he brought in. Back the , blacks didn’t vote in great numbers and couldn’t be counted on and still can’t. BUT They are American too and entitle to the same rights everyone else enjoys. The DNC have accepted the Constitution and Bill of Right as they were drafted and they apply to everyone.

        Jeep you represent many GOP voters with your attitudes toward the DNC. And everyday you validate these ideas with the many things you see and hear. Sometimes you are dead on the money but most times you are picking thu a pickup truck load of manure looking for gains of truth. After so much shoveling, it’s easy to get excited with any possibility of finding a truth.

        This notion that all criminals in jail are voting democrat in nonsense. That only republicans pay taxes and fight our wars is utter nonsense. That every school teacher is a democrat is nonsense. That only democrats are drawing unemployment pay is nonsense. That only democrats are defaulting on house mortgages is nonsense. That democrats are anti-military is nonsense. That democrats are anti-business is nonsense. That democrats are anti-gun is nonsense. We like them too! Maybe more then you! That democrats are Godless is insane! That Democrats like big government for the sake of big government and give-aways is absurd. We like government almost as much as Republicans if you bother to see how government grows during recent “conservative” administrations.

        But it is true that Democrats want to include all Americans and not permit some left behind or ignored by virtue of creed, skin color or sexual orientation and that government should never be up a woman uterus, what up her uterus is her business, she has the family and the church for support. And that Jeep, is where the problem is and where the problem has always been. Deny it if you wish ~ but that’s where the rubber meets the road and it’s not up for discussion because we have yet to get pass the denial stage.

        And like PAPA comments a few days ago, Today, we truly only have “ONE PARTY” and it “is” a progressive party with it’s far right and left extremes. (I consider that most profound and insightful of papa)

        I’m willing to take it one step father then papa.

        What separates this one “Party” are views on the issues that we elect to deny their existence.

        I can not afford to care what you think about me, I’m an intruder here, the fly in the ointment, the turd in the punch bowl. But if you stop and think about what papa said, you’ll see it’s the only thing that explains what happening all around us today.

        So we are left to embrace it and realized we are not that far part or fight it.

  • Buck

    I would rather be described as a no good s–o–b—h , a b–t–d , an a–h–e , just about any insulting name you could find than be identified as a democrat , or as I call them demon rats . No one with a human brain that is functioning properly would be a demon rat .

    • bob wire

      And you make my case Buck ~ how timely of you to show your head and voicing such strong hatred of democrats. ~ So voting democrat regardless the GOP nominee is out of the question. Even a Black man that uses his position to extort sex from pretty blond ladies will do.

      I understand how you are, Ar You from Penn State?

      • libertytrain

        I thought bill clinton was first to do what you suggested and didn’t he or his staff jokingly call him the first black president…..

        • http://naver samurai

          Actually Bill got it whenever he could. Who could blame him being married to Hitlery. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • libertytrain

            No, Hillary was probably a decent attractive woman, but living with an idiot male that cannot keep his pants zipped entitles her to some sort of compassion. There are far more loose men like Clinton than there ought to be.

          • http://naver samurai

            Point taken. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!


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