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Party ID Shifts Toward Dems

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Rasmussen has a new poll that show big problems for the GOP in the fall…

In February, the number of Americans who consider themselves to be Democrats jumped to 41.5%, the highest total on record. Just 31.8% consider themselves to be Republicans. The partisan gap—a 9.7 percentage point advantage for the Democrats—is by far the largest it has ever been. The previous high was a 6.9 point edge for the Democrats in December 2006. Rasmussen Reports tracks this information based upon telephone interviews with approximately 15,000 adults per month and has been doing so since November 2002.

The 9.7 percentage point advantage for Democrats is up from a 5.6 point advantage a month ago and a 2.1 point advantage two months ago. The surge for the Democrats is especially notable because it reversed a modest trend in the GOP direction that unfolded over much of calendar year 2007 (see history from January 2004 to present).

Could this be due to Obama? Clinton? The Dems in general? Well, if the exit polls are any indication, Obama is pulling far more Republicans and Independents into the party’s primaries than Hillary.

Maybe there is such a thing as an Obamacan.