A new poll from Gallup found a massive shift among Americans away from the Democratic party toward the Republican party.
The poll found that quarterly averages for party identification in 2021 showed that about 40% of Americans considered themselves Republicans in the first quarter, while 49% considered themselves Democrats.
But by the end of 2021, only 42% of Americans considered themselves Democrats while 47% considered themselves Republicans.
Those two margins were also the largest that Gallup had measured in thirty years.
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.
The authors of the poll said the high rates of party identification likely followed upon the unpopularity of former President Donald Trump at the beginning of 2021 and the unpopularity of current President Joe Biden at the end of 2021.
In a separate poll from Quinnipiac released on Wednesday, only a third of Americans said they approved of the job that Biden is doing, while more than a majority, 53%, said they disapproved of his decisions as president.
Vice President Kamala Harris (D) didn’t fare much better in a separate poll that found only 44% of people approved of the job she was doing, while 54% said they disapproved.
The midterm elections are sizing up to be disastrous for Democrats, who already have an uphill battle to retain control of Congress due to the number of vulnerable seats that will likely flip to Republican control.
The Gallup poll was conducted from telephone surveys with 12,000 randomly sampled U.S. adults.
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