Following 2016 Election, Fewer People Are Identifying As Republicans

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From November 2016 to November 2017, American's identifying as Republican dropped from 42 percent to 37 percent.

Donald Trump's ascension to the White House seems to have caused a wave of Republicans to leave the party, according to recent data released by Gallup. This exodus is creeping into what would be concerning territory for the Republican Party heading into the 2018 midterm elections.

From November 2016 to November 2017 there was a 5-point drop in the number of people who call themselves Republicans, from 42 percent to 37 percent, according to Gallup. In that same time, the number of people identifying as Democrats stayed flat at 44 percent.

The data show that nearly every demographic saw a drop in those identifying as Republican:

  • Among 18- to 34-year-olds, there was a 4-point drop.
  • With 35- to 55-year-olds the drop was 4 points.
  • Among those older than 55, the drop was 5 points.
  • College graduates saw a 4-point decline.
  • Those without a bachelor’s degree saw a 5-point dip.
  • White, non-Hispanic respondents saw their GOP share drop 5 points.
  • Hispanics saw a 3-point decline.
  • African-Americans actually saw a 1-point increase in their self-identifying Republican population, but the number, 10 percent, is still remarkably low.

Coming in first as the Republican Party's biggest concern is women, whose departure has flipped the partisan leaning of the group to Democrat.

Among women overall, the number identifying as Republican has declined 5 points, to 32 percent from 37 percent, but among white, non-Hispanic women, the drop has been an especially precipitous 7 points, to 41 percent this November from 48 percent in November 2016.

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