Ironically, after Americans voted a Democratic president into the White House in 2008, a sweeping shift to the Right has manifested from coast-to-coast — possibly signifying nationwide discontent with the Obama administration's liberal policies and government intrusions.
Perhaps the most telling indication of the times can be witnessed by the tale of the tape provided by Gallup Daily tracking, which shows the annual state averages of party affiliation from the year President Barack Obama was first voted in by Americans through 2014. The results indicate that an overwhelmingly Left-leaning nation has swayed dramatically Right over six years — with a liberal Democratic president at the helm.
In the presidential election year of 2008, 29 states were identified by Gallup as "Solid Democratic," which means they had at least 10 percent more Democrats than Republicans. In 2014, the number was reduced to nearly a third: to 11 "Solid Democratic" states. In 2008, there were only four "Solid Republican" states. This number more than doubled to 10 states in 2014.
Including "Lean Democratic" and "Lean Republican" states (states with more than a five-percent advantage over their political rival parties), Gallup combined "Lean" states with "Solid" states to get "Total" state tallies. The results: in 2008, there were a total of 35 "Total Democratic" states compared to only five "Total Republican" states. Six years later in 2014, "Total Democratic" states reduced by more than half to 17, while "Total Republican" states tripled to 15, indicating a net Democratic lead slipping from +30 down to +2.
keyboard shortcuts: V vote up article J next comment K previous comment