From Fire Andrea Mitchell:
3:01 PM (11 hours ago)For the first time ever in Rasmussen polling more people identifying themselves as Republicans than Democratsfrom Fire Andrea Mitchell! by adminMy how times changes. Two years ago after Obama won the presidency and Republicans got slaughtered for a second year in a row in congressional races, the progressive liberal media declared the GOP party dead. Some nuts on the left even made a new logo for the GOP of a dinosaur implying that the Republicans were an extinct party. Now, after Republicans had a historic 63 seat gain in the House, and Obama’s re-election in 2012 on the ropes, suddenly more people are identifying themselves as Republicans than Democrats. The is the first time in Rasmussen’s polling history this has occurred, and they have been polling in 2004. In November 2010, 36.0% of American Adults identified themselves as Republicans; 34.7% considered themselves Democrats, and 29.3% were not affiliated with either major party aka independents.
Another point worth noting is that the GOP has the edge today partly because the number of Democrats is barely above the lowest level ever recorded in eight years of monthly tracking by Rasmussen Reports. This supports the conclusion that Election 2010 was less a victory for the Republicans than a defeat for the Democrats.