According to the Associated Press exit polling, the number of voters who call themselves Republicans has decreased from 37% to 32% since 2004, and the number of people who identify with the Democrats has increased from 37% to 39% since 2004. This is not doubt due to the Republican name being tarnished by our dear President Bush. Also worth noting, 1 in 5 people who call themselves conservatives voted for Obama, while only 1 in 10 people who call themselves liberal voted for McCain. This surprises me a great deal because John McCain is pretty moderate. Barack Obama is extreme left. Why any conservative would vote for him astonishes me.
But, there is a bright side: voters ideoligies have not changed much at all. The percentage of people who call themselves liberal rose a mere one point, from 21% in 2004 to 22% in 2008. The percentage of people who call themselves conservatives held at 34%, and the percentage of people who call themselves moderate fell one point to 44% in 2008, compared to 45% in 2004.
I think that in 2012, after the democrats have had their turn and people see that the Bush years weren’t all that bad compared with Obama’s first term, the Republican party will come back stronger than ever.