Republican pain, Democrat gain?

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  1. Gallup: In Shift, More Americans Now Call Themselves Democrats

    By E&P Staff

    Published: March 29, 2006 12:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK In a (perhaps) historic shift, more Americans now consider themselves Democrats than Republicans, the Gallup organization revealed today.

    Republicans had gained the upper hand in recent years, but 33% of Americans, in the latest Gallup poll, now call themselves Democrats, with those favoring the GOP one point behind. But Gallup says this widens a bit more "once the leanings of Independents are taken into account."

    Independents now make up 34% of the population. When asked if they lean in a certain direction, their answers pushed the Democrat numbers to 49% with Republicans at 42%. One year ago, the parties were dead even at 46% each.

    This shift indicates, Gallup says, why its polls show Democrats leading in this year's congressional races.

    The latest poll was taken from January to March 2006, with a national sample of about 1,000 adults.