More Americans identified with Democrats than Republicans in 2012, finds poll

Washington, Jan. 10 (ANI): More Americans identified with the Democrats than with the GOP in 2012, a new poll has said.

According to a Gallup Poll, 47 percent of Americans last year identified either as Democrats or as Democratic-leaning independents.

The poll found that 42 percent Americans, however, called themselves Republican or leaned towards the GOP.

In 2010 and 2011, the parties ran neck and neck when it came to party affiliation, Politico reports.

The Gallup report explained that the percentages of Republican and Democratic identifiers were essentially unchanged from 2011 to 2012

It said that the new Democratic advantage is mostly due to an increased proportion of Democratic-leaning independents and a decreased proportion of Republican-leaning independents.

Gallup also noted that "2012 marked the sixth consecutive year that less than 30 percent of Americans identified as Republicans," the report added. (ANI)


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