Gallup: More (& by a larger margin) Americans identify, expect to vote Democratic

Read the entire piece here. There’s actually something in there for everyone, but a lot more for the Dems than the GOP. Likewise, individual candidates, versus generic ballots, show a big difference too.

Highlights:

Recent Gallup polling continues to show a favorable political environment for the Democratic Party. Democrats maintained a significant advantage in partisan identification throughout the first quarter of 2007. Additionally, by a sizable margin, Americans say they would rather see the Democrats than the Republicans win the 2008 presidential election.

The Democratic edge becomes obvious and more impressive when looking at not just party identification, but also party “leaning.” In each poll it conducts, Gallup asks those who identify as independents whether they lean more to the Democratic or Republican Party. Generally speaking, partisan leaners’ attitudes and reported behaviors are more like those of party identifiers than those with no party attachment or leaning.

These days, a greater proportion of independents express a leaning toward the Democratic Party than the Republican Party. When party leanings are taken into account, the 5-percentage-point Democratic advantage on national partisanship from the first quarter grows to 12 points, 52% to 40%.

The best for last:

In its April 2-5, 2007 poll, Gallup asked Americans if they would rather see the Republicans or Democrats win the 2008 presidential election if the election were held today. The public chose the Democrats by a solid 50% to 35% margin.

Democrats show stronger party loyalty on this question than do Republicans — 96% of Democrats (and 91% of Democrats and Democratic leaners) want their party’s candidate to win, compared with 84% of Republicans (and 80% of Republicans and Republican leaners).

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