Monday, May 02, 2011
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In April, the number of unaffiliated voters in America grew for the fourth straight month.
Now, 34.8% of American adults consider themselves to be Republicans, 33.5% say they are Democrats, and 31.7% say they’re not affiliated with either major party. Compared to a month ago, that represents a one-percentage point gain for Republicans, a two-point decline for Democrats and a one-point increase of unaffiliated adults.
Republican affiliation peaked in December, just before the GOP formally took control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Since then, the number of Republicans has fallen by a bit more than two percentage points, and the number of Democrats has held fairly steady. Those not affiliated with either party have grown from 29.3% in December to 31.7% today.
The April results, however, represent the fifth time in the past six months that there have been more Republicans than Democrats in the nation. This month’s numbers represent the lowest number of Democrats ever recorded in Rasmussen Reports tracking since November 2002. See the History of Party Trends from January 2004 to the present.
Rasmussen Reports tracks this information based on telephone interviews with approximately 15,000 adults per month and has been doing so since November 2002. The margin of error for the full sample is less than one percentage point, with a 95% level of confidence.