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Poll Watch: Republican Party ID Dips Back To Pre-Palin Levels September 18, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in News, Politics, Repiglicans.
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Huffington Post

Seth Colter Walls

September 18, 2008 11:53 AM

As Tom Edsall writes today, Barack Obama appears to have reversed his recent downward trend in several polls, coming out of a nosedive. But also of note is the fact that respondents identifying as Republicans in many of these surveys — a metric that spiked to an unusually high degree right after McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — has now settled back to pre-Palin levels.

According to Gallup, Democrats have led Republicans in what’s called “party ID” going back to 2004, often by double digits. But as the Huffington Post reported earlier this month, the recent raft of polls showing a slight lead for McCain all boasted an unusually high number of Republicans among their respective respondents. Political scientists — who largely think of party ID as a metric that changes very slowly — expressed suspicion that many more people were actually identifying as Republicans, or that they would for long.  Source Article

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