The number of registered Democrats is rising. I had been hearing this for a couple of years. I personally don’t know anyone who has changed party affiliations. I know a large number of registered Republicans who will be voting for Barack Obama and many Democrats this time around. Many of those also voted for John Kerry in 2004.
Today’s New York Times posted a story that details these changes.
The big discrepancy is felt in the youth movement – which has come out in force as Democrats and were the first bloc to support Obama.
What I find fascinating is that this must be a reflection of the electorates’ contention with the Bush policies and direction. If this trending is true, then why would John McCain be altering his platform to conform with the policies of the Bush administration? One would think he would either run from them or challenge the president on each key issue offering a clear alternative. Since 2000, McCain has voted with this administration 95% of the time. That number is 100% in 2008. Curious.