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March 27, 2007

WA State Dems Ahead of the Curve

Democrats in Washington and Oregon are more likely to be from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, as Howard Dean might put it.   A recent Pew Research Center poll asked whether than Democrats and Democratic-leaners whether they identified as Liberal, Moderate or Conservative.   

                      Lib    Mod    Cons     # surveyed   

Oregon              44     42       12           374
Washington       44     40        13           477
National            31      44       21       24,687
Utah                 38      37       22           117
California          38      44       15         2,427

The Ridenbaugh Press blog noticed this little tidbit amongst the larger news that we have had a dramatic shift in party identification over the past five years.  The Pew Report says:

In 2002, the country was equally divided along partisan lines: 43% identified with the Republican Party or leaned to the GOP, while an identical proportion said they were Democrats. Today, half of the public (50%) either identifies as a Democrat or says they lean to the Democratic Party, compared with 35% who align with the GOP.

And the Republicans in Washington and Oregon?  No news there.  Self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaners were asked whether they identified as being white evangelical Protestant conservatives, other conservatives, or moderate/liberals.  They lined up pretty much in the middle of today's self-identified Republicans:

State             Evan  Other Cons  Mod/Lib # surveyed

Idaho               23          47            28               148
Oregon            26          37            34               285
Washington      28          33            37               477
National           26          35            37           22,054
Utah                  1          62            32               270
California         19          39             40            1,896
Montana          27          36             36               112

And, if the numbers for Utah seem odd, that Mormons are considered to be in the Other Conservative category. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on March 27, 2007 at 08:59 PM in Inside Baseball, National and International Politics | Permalink

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