According to a new Gallup poll, the Republican party has lost support in nearly every demographic of American society — be it low-income, high-income, college educated, male, female, southern, white, or nonwhite voters. Support remains steady only among frequent churchgoers.
In the general population, Republicans trail Democrats in support by a 14-point margin, compared to an even split in 2001. Among women, support for the GOP is down 5 percentage points since George W. Bush's first year in office. Today, only 35 percent of American women lean Republican and overall fewer women than men are Republican.
So what has caused this movement away from the GOP? For my thoughts, read more.
I suspect that after eight years in the White House, the Republican party became synonymous with the Bush administration, which also means it's synonymous with two wars, the recession, Hurricane Katrina, and some strong religion-based positions such as support for abstinence-only education, overturning Roe v. Wade, and bans on stem-cell research and same-sex marriage. Judging by the poll results, Americans who previously supported the Republican agenda and ideology are ready to try something new.
Why do you think women — and almost all other demographic groups — are moving away from the Republican party? If you're not Republican, what would you need to hear from GOP leaders to make you consider supporting them?