As the Democratic Party lurches to the left, it is leaving its base of voters behind and may even be driving them to become Republican.
Since the ballots were cast in the 2016 election, one in 10 Democrats have left their party.
The Gallup poll reports that the proportion of voters who identify themselves as Democrats has dropped from 30 percent on Election Day in 2016 to only 27 percent now (July 2019).
Meanwhile, Republicans have gone in the opposite direction, rising from 27 percent on Election Day to 29 percent now.
So, the Democratic Party went from a 30-27 edge on Election Day, to a 29-27 deficit.
Party identification jumps around all the time from poll to poll, but the current shift to the Republicans may be significant.
Of the 40 polls Gallup has conducted since the Trump election, 34 have shown Democrats in the lead or tied with Republicans.
Only six have had a GOP lead.
Normally, a shift in party identification would not be important.
But the rapid movement of the Democrats to the left has raised the key question: Are they leaving their party’s adherents behind?
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