Mark Blumenthal | March 23, 2007
Topics: 2008 , Party Weighing , The 2008 Race
Yesterday, the Pew Research Center released another one of their massive must-read reports. This one summarizes 20 years on "Political Values and Core Attitudes" (summary, full report), as updated with a survey conducted in late December and early January. While the report covers a lot of territory, the authors see in their various measures an improved "political landscape for Democrats" stemming from "increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality, and a diminished appetite for assertive national security policies."
Regular readers of this blog will appreciate their summary of recent trends in party identification:
Even more striking than the changes in some core political and social values is the dramatic shift in party identification that has occurred during the past five years. In 2002, the country was equally divided along partisan lines: 43% identified with the Republican Party or leaned to the GOP, while an identical proportion said they were Democrats. Today, half of the public (50%) either identifies as a Democrat or says they lean to the Democratic Party, compared with 35% who align with the GOP.
The report also rolls together more than two years worth of Pew surveys to provide a helpful state-by-state analysis of the ideology of Democrats and Republicans in the various primary states. Their summary provides a hint of the differences found (full profiles are found on pp. 10-11):
[P]olitically conservative, white evangelical Christians make up 10% of all Republicans and Republican leaners in New Hampshire - currently the first state to hold its presidential primaries in 2008 - but 39% of all GOP partisans in South Carolina where primary voters go to the polls several days later. On the Democratic side, the proportion of Democrats who say they are politically liberal ranges from 38% in California to 25% in South Carolina.
The full report has much, much more, and is well worth the click.