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Muckety mover - The Republican Party

By Muckety

May 18, 2009 at 6:47pm
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George W. Bush did major damage to the GOP brand.

That’s the conclusion of a new Gallup analysis which charts a precipitous decline in the number of voters who identify themselves as Republican, across nearly every demographic group.

Since the start of Bush’s presidency in 2001, the percentage of those who call themselves Republican has shrunk from 44 percent of the electorate to 39 percent, while those calling themselves Democrat increased from 45 percent to 53 percent, Gallup found.

The only groups Republicans did not lose ground with are weekly church-goers and self-professed conservatives, as well as minority voters who never supported them in significant numbers.

Because the defection is so broad, it suggests a turnabout for the GOP may require more than a strategy of simply skewering Democrats.

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