Gallup researchers found that American’s have steadily shifted more towards the right throughout 2021. The shift in political preferences has closely followed President Biden’s series of disasters over the year which has also caused his approvals ratings to plummet.
The Hill reports:
In the first quarter of last year, 49 percent of Americans said they identified as a Democrat or a lean-Democratic independent, while 40 percent said they were a Republican or a lean-Republican independent, pollsters found. This marked the largest lead Democrats had over the GOP since 2012, when the left led the right by 9 points, the survey giant noted.
The percentage of Americans who identified as Democrats or lean-Democratic independents remained steady at 49 percent in the second quarter, while more Americans said they were Republicans or lean-Republican independents, increasing from 40 percent to 43 percent.
Democrats saw a drop of 4 percentage points in the third quarter, falling to 45 percent, while Republicans continued to increase their base, gaining 1 more percentage point to bring them to 44 percent.
By the fourth quarter of last year, more Americans said they identified with the right compared to the left, 47 percent to 42 percent.
Gallup noted the shift to the right has somewhat tapered off before midterm elections.