RISE OF THE ‘CON­SER­VA­TIVE DEMO­CRAT’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Let the mi­cro-tar­get­ing be­gin. Demo­cratic strate­gists al­ready are try­ing to woo de­mo­graph­ics that some­how es­caped their no­tice in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Lest we for­get, the 2018 midterms now loom on the hori­zon. Sim­ple num­bers can be telling here, how­ever. A new Econ­o­mist/YouGov poll re­veals just what va­ri­ety of voter may be in­creas­ing in num­ber.

Among Repub­li­can vot­ers, 14 per­cent say they are “strong Repub­li­cans,” 11 per­cent “not very strong” and 8 per­cent “lean” to­ward the party. That puts 33 per­cent of the re­spon­dents in the GOP camp. Among Democrats, 19 per­cent are “strong Democrats,” 12 per­cent not so strong, 8 per­cent are lean­ers. Which places 39 per­cent in the Demo­cratic camp. An­other 19 per­cent are in­de­pen­dents, with 9 per­cent who are not sure what the heck they are.

Now for the ide­ol­ogy: 20 per­cent of all vot­ers are con­ser­va­tive, 12 per­cent “very” con­ser­va­tive — or 32 per­cent to­tal. Four­teen per­cent say they are lib­eral, 11 per­cent very lib­eral, a to­tal of 25 per­cent for the lib­eral side. An­other 28 per­cent are mod­er­ate and 15 per­cent are un­sure of their ide­ol­ogy.

Do all the math, and con­ser­va­tive Democrats ap­pear to dom­i­nate the voter pool — an op­por­tu­nity for GOP and Dems alike.

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