More American adults identify as Democrats rather than Republicans, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.
Why is this important: “The nine percent democratic advantage is where Gallup is the largest measured since the fourth quarter of 2012 ”when former President Obama was re-elected, according to Gallup.
By the numbers: 49% of the 3,960 18-year-olds surveyed from January to March identified as Democrats or said they were advisers biased towards the Democratic Party.
- 40% identified as Republican or Republican.
- 11% said they were independent advisers.
Context: Gallup noted in a statement that the latest figures, measured in COVID-19 mortality and infection, fell from their peak in January and as President Biden took office. “Despite the efforts of the rioters on Jan. 6 to thwart the endorsement of his victory in the 2020 election”
For the record: Democrats have two main advantages. “Throughout the year 2006 until the beginning of 2009” was a period that covered the end of former President George W. Bush’s administration and the Obama election.
- “The party also had a double major advantage during Bill Clinton’s presidential election in late 1992 and early 1993,” notes Gallup.
- The most recent survey’s sampling error was plus or minus 2 percent.