PEEK

Duh: Republican party is sinking

Poll reveals "dramatic decline" since 2002...
According to the LA Times:
The survey, by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center for People and the Press, found a "dramatic shift" in political party identification since 2002, when Republicans and Democrats were at rough parity. Now, half of those surveyed identified with or leaned toward Democrats, while only 35% aligned with Republicans.
What's more, the survey found the public attitudes are drifting toward Democrats' values: Support for government aid to the disadvantaged has grown since the mid-1990s, skepticism about the use of military force has increased and support for traditional family values has edged down.
Now, the important thing.

Will the Democrats see this as an opportunity to lead or follow? And it's not what you think. In other words, will they see this as having happened despite them or because of them? If they're smart, they'll see this as a HUGE wink wink nudge nudge telling them to follow the people and move that danged center progressive-ward...

Full poll HERE (pdf).
Evan Derkacz is an AlterNet editor. He writes and edits PEEK, the blog of blogs.
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