Democrats Shifting to Republican


by Michelle Moons

Gallup recently released statistics tracking seniors who have shifted from Democrat to Republican in the last 20 years. The statistics show those seniors age 65-99 today with a 3% Republican advantage were the 45-79 year olds 20 years ago that held a 12% Democratic advantage. This segment of the population has thus moved 15% in the direction of Republican values while watching changes in America over the past 20 years.

In fact, similar trends appear in tracking those ages 50-64 and 30-49 between 1993 and 2013. While a notable swing appears in the 2003 numbers more sharply toward Republican, these two segments still remain more Republican than they were reported to be 20 years ago. It is the current 18-29 demographic that reports the highest Democrat leaning percentage with an 18% Democrat advantage, but given the statistics this seems likely to be the most Democrat they will ever be. Historically, statistically speaking, as this demographic ages they will likely shift back and forth, but largely move in a Republican direction.

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