RISE OF THE ‘CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRAT’
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.