In The Last 3-Months, Thousands Of Self-Identified Republicans Have Left The GOP
Thousands of Americans have abandoned the Republican Party in the last three months according to Gallup polling, and more than 10 percent of self-identifying Republicans have made their exit over the past 16 years.
Gallup surveys show that the GOP reached its peak in September 2004, under the George W. Bush administration, when 39 percent of voters said they aligned themselves with the Republican agenda.
But Newsweek reported that the decline continues, with Gallup’s most recent poll, conducted in January, showing that only 27 percent of American voters still self-identify as Republican.
And anecdotal evidence appears to support the numbers. Newsweek noted that the hashtag #ILeftTheGOP began trending on Monday morning “after columnist Cheri Jacobus tweeted that she left the party in 2016 as they nominated Trump and asked others to share when they ‘cut the cord.’"
The responses poured in:
Regardless, the Republican National Committee insists that its base is only growing, telling Newsweek in a statement that the “sham” impeachment of President Donald Trump is working in their favor.
"Thanks to his historic record of results and ability to appeal to a broad coalition of voters, President Trump continues to bring in new members to the Party of opportunity. Not to mention, impeachment continues to backfire on Democrats and fire up voters toward President Trump and the Republican movement,” RNC spokesperson Mandi Merritt said.
"Since this sham began, we've seen over 600,000 new donors join our movement and over 100,000 new volunteers join our efforts to defeat Democrats up and down the ballot in November."