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August 5th, 2008
05:51 PM ET

GOP voter registration declining since 2005?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There may be hope for the survival of our country. The rise in the number of independent voters in several states has been so sharp that they now virtually constitute a third party. That's not good news for the Democrats and Republicans, and it's really not good news for the Republicans.

The New York Times reports that for more than 3 years now, there has been a decline in the number of voters registering as Republicans and an increase in the number registering as Democrats.

These shifts could affect local, state and national politics for several election cycles to come. Already, Republicans have lost control in many state houses and governors' mansions, and they took a beating in the midterm elections of 2006.

It's important to note that swings in party registration aren't uncommon from year to year, and party registration often has no impact on how people end up voting. But experts say what is remarkable is that this shift away from the Republican Party is now in its 4th year. One analyst says it suggests a "fundamental change going on in the electorate."

Former House Majority Leader Republican Dick Armey says these are "not good numbers" for the GOP, but cautions they don't give a clear indication about what will happen in the presidential race. Armey suggests the key is who all these new independent voters will support.

Democrats point to President Bush as the main reason for the shift, but they're also benefiting from demographic changes – things like the rise in the number of younger voters and the urbanization of the suburbs.

Here’s my question to you: Republican voter registrations have been declining since 2005. Why?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Derick from Greenlawn, New York writes:
Back in 2000, Republicans strayed away from issues that matter. After 8 years of a wildly popular Democrat in office, George W. Bush ran on social issues. No one bothered to ask whether he could manage an economy or deploy our military responsibly. But don't fret, once the Democrats clean up the mess, people will once again fall in love with the GOP siren song, "Lower Taxes, Less Government".

Chris from Ottawa writes:
The GOP used to be a great party. They stood for small government, fiscal responsibility, non-interventionist foreign policy, no nation building… Unfortunately, they allowed themselves to be hijacked by neo-conservative nitwits. Now Republicans stand for big government, record deficits, unending wars, domestic surveillance and telling Americans how to live their lives. As Ron Paul says “The party has lost its way.”

Odessa from Cleveland, Ohio writes:
Well, well, Jack, there are some decent Republicans, but they are very disappointed with Bush's failed policies and GOP’s scams for the last 7 years. That’s why the voter registration has been slipping. Now McCain is running, the entire GOP party is very sad.

Gordon from New Jersey writes:
This once proud party decays because the religious extremists and talk-radio parroting classes have stolen the party's fiscally conservative and libertarian soul. They mock the Bill of Rights and will willingly trade liberty for the illusion of security. This increasingly corrupted Republican Party is nourished by fear and confounded by hope.

Victor writes:
I recently switched parties after being a card-carrying Republican for 25 years. The reason? Republicans of late have become brainwashed flag wavers who support without questioning a man like Bush, who is obviously incompetent and corrupt. The Republicans seem to count on its party members being unthinking sheep who will obey without consideration.

Mike from Michigan writes:
The reason is a dirty four-letter word: Bush!


Filed under: GOP • Voter Registration
soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. A Kraft Naples, FL

    look at what the Republicans have done....not much except (1) killing our economy (2)going to an unnecessary war (3)giving corporate all it wants (4)lobbyists all they want (4)the most crooked pentagon and white house in history(5)took away our constitution

    stupid question Jack

    August 5, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  2. Betty - AL

    The last huge numbers of thugs produced by the Grand Oil Party has turned off a lot of people. I switched from Republican to Independent and lean Democrat now. No more wealthy old white men(tality) for me.

    Thanks

    August 5, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  3. Jim in Puyallup

    War leaves a bad taste in ones mouth, a taste not easily forgot. The GOP is the party of WAR !!!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  4. Jed in Redding, CA

    It's the President, stupid!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  5. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    I would wonder if it is that many intelligent people have realized what a bunch of low characters the GOP has. Maybe it's the same with the Democrats too. Or, just maybe, we are all getting fed up with the two party system.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  6. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    They are sick of republicans so why register as a republican?

    August 5, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  7. cy gardner

    Some of the shallow, simple people who rushed to the Republican banner have realized they've been misled by a bunch of liars, hypocrits and corporate prostitutes. The Republicans have proven they can't govern the country. The right wing ideology that drove the Cheney Bush administration has proven to be intellectually bankrupt. Only a moron would continue to believe in the GOP's strategy to give the rich everything and tell the majority of Americans "you're a bunch of whiners, suck it up and get another job". Anyone who votes Republican is either rich and greedy or brain dead and gullible. cy gardner arlington, va

    August 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  8. Iesha Ward - Washington, DC Metro

    Hi Jack,
    Republican voter registration has declined tremendously since 2005 for a number of reasons. Look at 1. The approval ratings 2. the lies and the cover-ups made by the Bush Administration 3. The war on Iraq 4. Hurricane Katrina 5. Rising fuel prices 6. Scooter Libby. Must I say continue???

    Iesha Ward
    Washington, DC Metro

    August 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  9. Mary Dallas, Texas

    Because more people are registering as independents and, almost as often, people are registering to vote without declaring any party affiliation,
    There are 72 million Democrats registered to Vote and 45 million Republicans and 42 million Independents. If each and every person voted their party affiliation this election would be a slam dunk for the Democrats.

    That will not happen though. That is how republicans win elections. People register but they don't show up to vote.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  10. Joseph Peterson

    Blaming Congress accomplishes nothing. Maybe we should place the blame on the Democrats. They are the party that would not bring the drilling bill up for vote.

    They are more guilty of doing nothing than the Republicans.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  11. J.D.

    People are finally waking up. It's not just liberals who can't afford healthcare, education, gasoline, food and a roof over their heads. It's not just liberals who have been killed and maimed for no reason in Iraq. It's not just liberals who have had their jobs outsourced and have no prospects of other work. It's not just liberals losing pensions to corporate greed and savings to failed banks. With the exception of about 3% of the population, Americans have, by and large, been screwed over royally for the past 8 years by a Republican president and, for most of those years, by a Republican majority in Congress. By the way, those Republicans continue to screw us over by filibustering every piece of legislation to hit the floor, including heat subsidies for poor people.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  12. andyzag

    One of two reasons: first people are watching this administration in shock and awe (remember that?) and how they have trampled the Constitution of the United States for their personal gain. Two: It's the Lou Dobbs effect. Become an independent!!!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  13. Greg in Cabot AR

    For the same reason not too many people would want to book tickets on the Titanic.

    Many new voters want to keep secret their intentions until after the votes have been counted.....that way, no matter how they voted in secret, they can always claim to have picked a winner.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  14. Ralph in New York City

    Jack, with our stumbling economy, the quagmire in iraq, other dangers to our security, all products of Bush and his administration, who would want to side with the GOP? Many voters look to leadership from any other source they feel promises hope in the future, be it Democrats or Independents or other groups - otherwise many won't care any more and will just stop voting.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  15. Marc, Canada

    Because many of them are older than John McCain and have passed on already.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  16. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    Who os there to vote for?
    Even die hard republicans can see that their incomes are disapearing due to the policies of the GOP. They are losing their investments. They are losing their Jobs. They are losing their companies to foreign competition that was created by so called free market economics. And, worst of all they are losing their McMansions to foreclosure as a result of the corruption in the banking and investment sector. It is a palpable fact that everything that the GOP sold to us destroyed the expectations of the republican culture. That's why they can't get anyone to sign up with their party.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  17. Steve C

    Because the Grand Old Party is not so Grand anymore. Probably because The Monkey has cuased them to be completely embarrased.

    Steve,
    Laguna Niguel

    August 5, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  18. John in Atlanta

    DUBYA!!! and the rest of the current GOP occupants in Washington. They have become a privileged White's Only club. Arrogant, elitist, know it alls, who feel they don't have to listen to their constituents. Don't believe me? Sen. McCain, speaking about Iraq a few weeks ago, in the face of admissions by all around him that Sen. Obama's timetable was reasonable, ignored the will of the people and said that Maliki did not mean what he said. Out. Of. Touch.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  19. Mike

    Looked at the condition this country is in?
    Mike CA

    August 5, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  20. JT in NYC

    The decline is due to one of two things; the younger ones are getting older and wiser and becoming Democrats, and the older ones, like John McCain, are just getting to old and declining in general.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  21. circy in New Mexico

    They figured they don't need numbers any more when they can buy anything they want. And, if they can't buy it, they can fabricate it.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  22. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    I changed my registration from Independent to Democrat. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Republicans changing to Independent or even Democratic. While a lot of people think Obama is inexperienced, they are still willing to chance a newcomer over someone wanting to continue the Bush years for another 4 years. Times are changing, when bad times are coming, the women tend to wear longer dresses, comedies become popular, and people start to pull back into their homes and take care of their own lives more. When times are getting better, miniskirts come back, sad dramas become popular and people like to travel. We don't need more Republicans in office, and I think registrations show that, along with how people are reacting to things.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  23. Shafi Alam

    Jack, people have learned hard way that republican policies are at the root of some of the evils in the United States of America. While more than eighty percent of Americans think that the country is on the wrong track, how they can feel to register as republican voters.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  24. Conor in Chicago

    Because they have already registered-there aren't any left. I guess that goes to show just how many short-sighted, overly religious, fascist types there are in America-not as many as the Republicans would like

    August 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  25. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Since 1968 I've voted for the republican that was running for president every time. That ended in 2004 due to what I consider the endless lies in the entire Bush administration. I loathe republicans so much I may never vote for another one again, and I do vote.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  26. Michael, Lorain, Ohio

    Simple answer: the current disaster that we have in the White House

    August 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  27. Scott Jacobs

    Montclair VA – Dah! The Republican spin has become so corupt that not even the republicans know what to believe anymore. Everytime I hear the spin doctors get riled up, I know we are losing the war on drugs!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  28. Gerry in Virginia

    Your not serious Jack....
    with all the scandle that has rocked the Repulican party since W took over NO body wants to be a Republican any more...

    August 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  29. Kerry

    My estimate would be what most Republicans are asking themselves "What does being a Republican / conversative mean now-a-days?

    Spending is out of control (hundreds of billions in debt)
    Where did the morals go? (sex scandels, corruption, etc.)

    Vote for what?

    August 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  30. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Take a look at what the republican party has been offering us as canidates lately. And lets look at the last eight years, and the shape this country is currently in. Is it any wonder that voters are registering either democratic or as an independent. After this election GOP has some serious rebuilding to do to get the American Peoples confidence back.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  31. Bryan

    Bush. Iraq. Gas prices. Over 70yr old guy with a ww2 mentality aiming to start ww3 wit Iran why the held do you think

    August 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  32. Wonju, Los Angeles

    no kidding, the GOP party has lost its way, they no longer stand the principles that they used to endorse. The republican party evolved into a Republicratic Party; thanks to the neoconservatives...

    August 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  33. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    My theory is that more Americans are starting to realize that the GOP doesn't have their interests at heart. Since they are the party who is running the White House and blocking legislation that can help the average American.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  34. Ed Reed

    Because President Bush and Karl Rove have destroyed the Republican Party and the Republicans in Congress acted as enablers.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    August 5, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  35. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    Jack, I believe it is simple. No one wants to associate with crooks, thieves, liars, ineptness, unabashed greed, etc. etc. I wonder how the country club memberships are doing.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  36. Dan, Maryland

    It means that people are finally realizing that it's better to be on top of a donkey or an independant than to be a republican tangled at the bottom of a Bush.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  37. E B. Atlanta

    The new Republican is the Independent. Soon the elephant will morph into the T-rex and go the way of that mighty man eating dinosaur and become extinct.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  38. Derek Braybrooks

    Jack, it's simple, the Republicans have been cooked by the Bush administration's Iraq war and seeming indifference to the economy. Sending billions of dollars overseas to the mid-east is enough to freeze even a Republican's cold blood. Add on all the Bush lies and half-truths that got us into the war, simmer with high gas prices and rising unemployment and ipso-facto, those Democrats don't look so bad.

    Derek
    Irmo, South Carolina

    August 5, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  39. Jay-Mississipi

    No kidding, look at the economy; look at the war; look at their attitudes, and lies.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  40. Terry, Chandler AZ

    George W. Bush!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  41. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    The absolute and total corruption of the bush white house,the justice department and the republicans in congress who have toadied to bush and have lined their pockets with bribes are the reasons the republicans are failing. We have the wars,collapse of the housing industry,the greed of wall street and the loss of jobs as grim reminders of the last 7 1/2 years. I wish that it was all a dream and I would wake up and it would still be 2000.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  42. JS

    We have been on a downward spiral for 8 long years, the republicans are not going to try to fix it, we need a new broom to sweep all the trash away!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  43. Will, Maryland

    George W. Bush

    August 5, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  44. Susan from Ga

    People don't want to be involved for the War party anymore.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  45. Allan Hanson Cameron Park Ca.

    They changed to Democratic to get Obama the candidate they thought they could beat., don't you watch Rush and his ilk? They will be back now that they have accomplished their goal, you will see.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  46. Beverly -NYC

    There are just so many billionaires, and they are probably all registered.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  47. Scott Turner

    Blame it on Bush if you want, but more than anything the younger generation just isn't buying the ideas that homosexuals shouldn't be able to marry or adopt, abortion is infanticide, that marijuana should be illegal, or that the internet is a series of tubes. They're all going liberal or libertarian.

    Scott
    Oxford, Ohio

    August 5, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  48. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    Jack please don't take this the wrong way but could they just be dieing off? From what I see on CNN young people have just had it with the GOP way of thinking and the more experienced voter may just be going to a place where politics doesn't matter.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  49. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    It's the damn taxes, Jack. They are too high. Since more and more people are becoming poorer and poorer and are paying more and more taxes on less and less money and learining what it is to be really screwed, them there republicans are signing up as democrats looking for handouts now from the gubmint. Just stop taxing anything, Jack, and we'll all become rich republicans again.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  50. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    Jack,
    It is because the voters are getting smarter, they are voting for the candidate not the party. That said guess the Democrats are the winners this time. I think if Obama was a Republican the Democrats would be the ones with the decline.
    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    August 5, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  51. Liz from St. Louis, MO,

    The answer is simple, GOP has become unpopular

    August 5, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  52. Robert W. Brooks

    Jack,

    I think the decline in Republican voter registration since 2005 can be directly attributed to the absence of leadership for the "Conservative Right". With the death of Jerry Falwell on May 15, 2007 the influence of the "Moral Majority" has somewhat diminished. Dr. Falwell was a strong voice for the conservative wing of the the Republican Party and was very instrumental in getting voters out when Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush ran for president. Until someone takes Dr. Falwell's place in the political arena, voter registration may continue to decline.

    Robert
    Forest, VA

    August 5, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  53. peter canada

    They think that Magoo will be President

    August 5, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  54. Rosalynd Florida

    High Gas Prices, Iraq war, Big spending, Support for Big Oil, Support for Free Markets (i.e your job is gone). I guess the low income GOP voter is finally getting the hint they have been screwed royally by those on the right with big money!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  55. KB from Columbus, Ohio

    The reason people aren't registering Republican? The Shrub.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  56. Cindy in Central Pennsylvania

    Once the predator eats all the prey, they have no choice but to eat their own. So all the Republican small frey are bailing before they are forced to feed the monster themselves. In Pennsylvania the registration is declining because the old school, probusiness Republicans have lost control to the Untraconservative, Ultra right thinkers.

    The Centrists are mad and taking their ball and going home. The proof of this is the letters to the editor here where local Republican leaders are bad mouthing the Republican candidate because he is not the one they wanted. It is stunning. Some are even advising voters to vote for the Democrat!

    Total Party meltdown.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  57. :etJeremy D (University of Texas)

    Allow me to speak for my generation of college students....

    I registered to vote for Barack in the primary. There was a huge effort to get people at my University to regsiter for that very reason. The effort for the Republican's voter registeration was drought. There was no line for their side, the Democrats side took hours.

    There are a few reasons why the Republicans aren't inspiring their young base.
    1. John McCain (age not withstanding he is out of touch with the younger generation).
    2. War – we hate war
    3. No love for college struggles (Paris Hilton ads and harping about conditions on the ground doesn't translate into Obama's $3,000 college grants for civic and community service)
    4. Technology, the Obama campaign is murdering McCain on the internet.
    5. Social Issues. My generation uses contraceptives and any definition that would include that into "Pro-Life" rhetoric disgusts our generation. Then when we go into the stigmatization of Muslim-Americans you're going to piss a lot of college campuses off.
    6. George Bush. You don't have to be a middle aged American yo recognize a bad president.
    7. Cheney is single handedly killing many students' chances of finding jobs once we graduate.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  58. Marie from Selwyn

    It's simple Jack the younger generation is a lot better informed than we were when we were their age and as a result they are quite possibly rejecting the idea of supporting a political party just because your parents supported them.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  59. Chad , Los Angeles

    Looks like the economy has even started to hit the party who loves their money the most, the GOP. They figure since the Bush economy is not doing them any good lately, time to try something else, and not vote Republican.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  60. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,I was a Republican since the Nixon days, but I am now a independent.When President Bush tried to shove his shamesty down my throat and ignore the immigation laws,I tore up my GOP card.I'm still a conservative but with no party affiliation!!!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  61. kenneth sibbett

    Easy Jack. The king of the GOP Ronald Reagan died and left his estate to the Bush's.

    Kenneth Chadbourn N.C.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  62. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    A question for you. Who is the head of the Republican Party? George Bush. Notice I did say head not brains.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  63. peter sask

    its the monkeys behind the closed doors that are running the party

    August 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  64. George

    Guess that might tell us why there have been a record number of Democrats registering. Among them are a lot of Republicans registering as Democrats who will still vote Republican, but too damn ashamed to admit that they are Republicans.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  65. Keith - Cleveland

    It's one of the quickest ways to separate yourself from George W.

    Who wants to walk into the voting place and declare: "I'm Republican".

    August 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  66. Chris from NY

    America has awakened from it's slumber.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  67. Rob - Radcliff, Kentucky

    The party who is pushing the best candidate will have more registered voters. Now that candidates start stumping two years out, its easy to see what each party offers. The democrats have sent out more people friendly candidates than the Republicans. Voters today are more than ever watching and changing parties so they can get their vote in every chance they get. Party loyalty is falling by the wayside and if the republicans want to have the following they had a few years ago, I suggest next time they pick a smarter, more people friendly candidate.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  68. James from Idaho

    Nobody wants to be associated with a loser mentality.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  69. Candace Royal Oak, MI

    Lets play a game. I"ll give you a hint. One word, four letters, rhymes with push...BUSH!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  70. Marty

    Most of the people leaving are probably tired of being lied to and manipulated by the people who promised us they would restore dignity to the whitehouse, fight to keep us safe, and get government out of our lives.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  71. Tina (Texas)

    Four little letters...... B. U. S. H.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  72. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    Why you ask? Because a change is comin'!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  73. Joe, Clinton Ma.

    People are finally realizing that the GOP is more corrupt than any other Party in History. They take Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Roll to a whole new level, and then some...

    August 5, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  74. Mark - Asheville, NC

    The obvious answer is that GWB is the worst 'president' (illegitimately installed) in history, and this is why republican numbers have fallen. But given the Dem's performance in Congress lately I believe you will see a reduction in their numbers as well.

    I changed my regisration to unaffiliated in June after 36 years as a Dem, because I am sick of that party's ineptitude and above all my resentment of the DNC's in-your-face installation of Obama as nominee. For years I have rejected the arguments supporting a third party, but recent events have made my receptive to that idea now. What else is left? I do not like either of the major parties!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  75. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    It's because the youth of America have no historical memory, Jack. We all grew up with video games and TV as our chief forms of entertainment, and didn't bother to go read a book set in the past or a newspaper about what was happening. We only connected with each other through AIM, Text Messaging, and our blogs. Therefore, as soon as we saw something new and shiny, like Mr. Obama, we all jumped on his bandwagon. This is bad news for a party that is all about "tradition." We are all so spoiled when it comes to consequences, that anyone that says "learn from your mistakes" instead of "we'll bail you out" is instantly an evil person. Some of us have managed to leave that fantasyland and join the real world, but most of us are still playing the (Video) Game of Life.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  76. Paul

    Jack,
    You need to ask? The reason Bush, Cheney, Rove,Rice,to mention a few along with the Iraq War with no end the search for Bin Laden that goes no where with friends like Pakistan that act like they are helping just for the cash and we as your friends will act like we are looking but we are not. Oh Yea, and the world all hates us more than ever.
    Paul
    Texas

    August 5, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  77. Chris

    The neo-cons, religious right, scumbags in the Bush administration and the random nut-jobs that have taken over the GOP have ruined the party of Abe Lincoln. I'm sure he is spinning in his grave.

    thousand Oaks, Ca

    August 5, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  78. bill in PA

    Jack, Jack, our president lie? Tell me this can not be.
    The author of this book must have been in a coma for the past 6 years. Every American knows about the lies. John Dean, once on the Nixon legal team, has written three thoughtful books detailing the impeachable offenses of our president and vice president. One even titled; Worse Than Watergate.
    We do not care. We make a mockery of our representatives who tell us the truth, Dennis Kucinich, for example. Congressman Waxman too has tried to uphold our constitution with little support.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  79. Greg form Mechanicsburg PA

    To quote George W. Bush, "Fool me once... Ain't gonna fool me again."

    August 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  80. Troy

    Oxford, MS

    The older republicans have died off and the only republican that the young people liked was Ron Paul. However, the GOP treated him so poorly that young people like myself who wanted to vote republican, have chosen not too. The GOP has to change its ways a bit in order to attract more young voters. Every generation is a little more libertarian than the last. If the republican focused more on the economy and stopped worrying about what gay people are doing, they would attract more young people.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  81. tj in fla

    Bush, Cheney, McCain, etc. Why would anyone to register with a party headed by the feeble and mentally challenged?

    August 5, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  82. Emma, San Jose, CA

    How can this nation prevent an administration like the current one in the future. It has not been a good ride!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  83. Nuwan Sam

    History books will recongize Gorge W. Bush as the destroyer of the republican party.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    August 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  84. Robert Postuma

    Have anything to do with the constant onesided reports by the liberal press.
    Wait and see what happens if a Democreat gets eleceted-–after a short honeymoon, they'll all be REPUBLICAN.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  85. Kerry Diehl

    Perhaps it is because the number of "Independents" are on a steady rise as well. This is probably a result of those former GOP individuals who have an equal disgust for the democratic party.

    A comparison of numbers would be interesting to see if the numbers in decline compare to the numbers of increase for the two (or three) parties.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  86. Carol, Lompoc, CA

    Maybe because people have noticed where the Grand Old Party has led us after seven years of controlling the White House and 12 years of controlling both houses of Congress. Let me count the ways they've benefited the country and the vast majority of its people: oh wait, there aren't any.

    Carol, California Central Coast

    August 5, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  87. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    At this point in history people are embarassed to admit that they are Republicans, even at the polling booth. Therefore they are changing their party affiliation.

    It's looking good for the Democates this year. Let's hope they can deliver.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  88. Craig in Scottsdale

    I believe it is obvious. They are fiscally reckless and Hell Bent on taking away our Freedoms under the guise of fear. If we are in so much danger why are the Borders wide open. Republicans used to be the part of the Conservatives. There is nothing Conservative about the current Republican party.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  89. Don--Ocala, FL

    That should be obvious! We Republicans feel betrayed by an administration that has lied and deceived us. Sold us out to Special Interests, regressed to Dark Ages Torture and killed many thousands of people to accomplish what his father failed to do. Bush seems to have wanted to have a war hero legacy and was willing to do anything to acheive it. I am going Independent!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  90. Rocky - Michigan

    Simple Jack as old people die off and younger voters start voting the voting block becomes more liberal. The GOP needs younger Candidates with more moderate views. McCain was one of the most moderate Republican Candidates thats why he is doing well.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  91. Franky, Chicago IL

    No comment...

    August 5, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  92. mike, ohio

    People have been realizing that the Republican platform is damaged. They have stood for big corporations, wall street and not main street. It’s the your on your own out there mentality. I have never felt like the Republicans have ever cared about my financial needs and I worry about my children’s future and my grandchildren’s future.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  93. mello doug, New Mexico

    If I were a republican and I saw what was happening I would decline too.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  94. Ex-Obama Democrat for McCain

    It's commen knowledge that young people are inconsistant voters (especially minorities) so this is going to be an extremely close election as the older voters will come out for Mccain....and according to a PHd who was on Glen Beck last night, McCain is going to win because we "live in a centrist-leaning-to-the-right country" and in "the last 2 months of the election people wil go for a consisant McCain "and not the unknown, riskier (flip-flopping )Obama.
    John Framingham MA

    August 5, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  95. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Big deal, instead of a bunch of people voting blindly for one party, we're getting a bunch of people voting blindly for another party. Yawn...get back to me when people actually vote for options other than D and R

    August 5, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  96. KATIEC PEKIN, IL

    For crying out loud, Jack. Anyone that can breathe has to be
    aware of what the republicans have done to our country
    these last almost eight years.
    Who would want more of the same?
    No one in their right mind.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  97. Dave of Oregon

    Which party consists of mostly sociopaths, psychopaths, and irreverent policies in Rovian ways? And who would want to openly be consistent with these inscrutable mannerisms? Normal people would not want to adhere to such philosophies unless money was at the heart of all of this which is why falling voter interests can be ascribed to lower republican identification! People are not that stupid in ascribing themselves as republicans when it is the republicans who are presently destroying this country!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  98. Annie, Atlanta

    Because these guys got drunk and greedy on their own power, and brought us down so low we may never recover. They're dancing and fiddling while we're burning. And their nominee is a man who appears to be a bad caricature of his former self. Good grief!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  99. Babs in Ohio

    Younger voters are tired of the history the democrats and republicans have thus far. They have both been bought and have made decisions that are not in the best interest of the American people.

    Young voters have seen their parents struggle and have seen how both parties have taken this country down hill.

    They are ready for Change and are tired of the BS from both sides.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  100. bertha malveaux

    Jack,The Republican voter registration have been decling since 2005 because,after 8 years of Bush,the country is in such a turmoil that the american voters are just not voteing or they are going independent like you Jack!!!!! Houston Texas

    August 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  101. John, Fort Collins, CO

    As a former longtime Republican I can give you my reasons for becoming a registered Democrat this year. First is George W. Bush who has destroyed our economy and America's standing in the rest of the world. Second is the hate and hypocricy preached by the many hard-to-recognize-as-Christian right groups such as Focus on the Family. The mandated separation of church and state has been ignored and abused. I look forward to seeing Barack Obama and a Democratic congress restore our country.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  102. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    I would like to think that it means that we as a nation are gaining a bit in intelligence but I doubt it. I still think that in the final analysis we will prove ourselves to be as dumb as ever. There is just too much racial intolerance in this country to elect a Black President and that is where we will be at election time.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  103. Tom from Virginia

    Jack –

    7 years of lies and failed policies. The people are sending a message no more Bush-Cheney-McCain.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  104. Pete Denzer, Hedgesville, WV

    The political pendulum is swinging again, this time from right to left.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  105. Chris - Ottawa, Canada

    The GOP used to be a great party.

    They stood for small government, fiscal responsibility, non-interventionist foreign policy, no nation building… Unfortunately, they allowed themselves to be hijacked by neo-conservative nitwits. Now Republicans stand for big government, record deficits, unending wars, domestic surveillance and telling Americans how to live their lives. As Ron Paul says “The party has lost its way.”

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  106. Derick, Greenlawn NY

    Back in 2000, Republicans strayed away from issues that matter. After 8 years of a wildly popular Democrat in office, George W. Bush ran on social issues. No one bothered to ask whether he could manage an economy or deploy our military responsibly. But don't fret, once the Democrats clean up the mess, people will once again fall in love with the GOP siren song, "Lower Taxes, Less Government".

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  107. Derek

    Maybe people don't want to be a part of a party that includes lobbyists, big business and corporations, start unnecessary wars, don't recall anything that have happened in the past, and controversial. The GOP seems to be negative in any way possible and it turns people away from them while the democrats seem to show positivity and excitement for the future, which will be a big part of this election come november.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  108. Zach - Jackson, WY

    It is very simple. One party is filled with progressives, the other with digressives. The GOP is an old party, with old ideas, and they only reason they exist is because they are so good at raising money and coordinating smear campaigns. The American voters are starting to see through the charade.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  109. Courtney F.

    Sean Hannity & Fox News!!! The more people watch this poison..The more Republicans will pay in November!!!

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  110. Hayolom

    Hey Jack,

    I will keep it simple:

    1. War
    2. Economy
    3. Katrina
    4. Lies
    5. dreadful foreigh policy
    6. Bush
    7. Cheney
    8. Rove
    9. Hannity
    10. O'Reilly
    11. Bush
    12. Bush
    13. McCain – poor guy – nevermind old and lost but very rich guy.

    In all seriousness, we truly do need a new direction. I hope America has the strength and courage to put ego's, party lines, non issue related factors aside and allow Obama in to office. I truly believe he is our modern day Martin Luther king, Jr. in so many ways in a different time of hardship, struggle and testing moments. If you were to compare these two candidates on the same standard it would be a land slide but people will always be people and old habits are hard to change in a short period of time. However, i do have faith it will be different this time. I don't know what else Obama has to do to convince America he is ready but the man upstairs is watching.

    Hayolom,
    Atlanta, GA

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  111. Shawn, Cincinnati OH

    The failures of both Bushes to inspire a new generation of Conservatism, like Reagan did, as well as open worship of the left by the media. In the last 20 years, the most interesting conservative that made any amount of 'hip' appeal in Ron Paul. I've got high hopes for Bobby Jindal, but we'll see.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  112. V, Chester Virginia

    I would hope it's because Americans are becoming less partisan based and more self conscious and independent.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  113. JT from TN

    People are sick of the republicans, they have made a mess in this country. They are ignoring the American people and loosing their vote. Voters will vote for who will get the job done and republican don't have their hearing ads in or something.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  114. Bob S Philadelphia, PA

    Jack,

    After 8 years of Bush the GOP is lucky there is anyone registering republican this has been the worst 8 years for the GOP in the history of this country, and relying on McSame-McBush-McCain to rescue the GOP means the GOP is in big big trouble

    August 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  115. Mark from Texas

    The young people of today, which I am, are just jumping on to the next big thing. McCain's ad said it all. Barack is just the next Pop Culture Star. The youth are joining the bandwagon to be in the in crowd, no matter where it leaves the country in the future.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  116. Darren S.

    Geirge W. Bush has poisoned the conservative 'brand name' to levels that won't soon be forgotten.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  117. James Marshall, Cullowhee

    We are just a bunch of whiners! We whine about an unjustified war. We whine because our constitution has been weakened. We whine because we have lost our job. We whine because the unjustified war has killed more than 4000 of our young fighting men, Now we are going to whine our way to the election booth and vote for McCain?

    August 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  118. Bill F

    It means that despite all the hoopla over No Child Left Behind and the "education crisis" in our country, Americans are actually getting smarter, thinking for themselves, and care about improving the lives of others rather than just increasing profits of multi-national coorperations. Jack, for the first time in my adult life, I can say that I am really proud of my country.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  119. Jonny - Waener Robis Georgia

    It is declining because the general population is now able to look through smoke-screen of deceit by the GOP in the last seven years.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  120. Shane in Boston

    Jack-
    The decrease is directly relational to the increase in the young vote. 30, maybe 40 years ago, kids listened to their parents about politics and who they should vote for in elections. In this age of information and how readily available it is to anyone, anywhere, (except apparently John McCain who is just jumping on that whole World Wide Web thing), young people are able to get the information they need and make their own decision. It's not about what dear old Ma' and Pa' think anymore; it's a revolution, and the Republican party is slow on the uptake.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  121. garrick

    Hi Jack
    what do you expect,Bush made his party the new sign of dog waste,and Chenney just cant do anything besides shot people,maybe we should send him to Iraq.the GOP days are numbered and its about time. I use to be in the GOP is the new banner.
    clearwater,fl

    August 5, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  122. Jonathan from Chicago

    I was recently on the ground in Florida running voter registration drives. It was remarkable how new registrations went overwhelmingly in favor of the democratic party. Maybe it is because people are actually excited about the prospect of real change.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  123. Bryan

    The republican party does not beleive that govenrment is the solution but it is the problem. If you enter into office not beleiving that you can affect any change then it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. People want a government that works for them.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  124. Beth

    Jack,

    The Republican Party under Cheney, Rove and Dubya has bankrupt our moral standing in the world and mortgaged our Country to the Chinese so they coud play War and Nation Building.

    If the the perceptible head of your Political Party is a certifiable Buffoon it does not surprise me that adding new recruits to the ranks is a challenge. Imagine if our Military (leaders) were as ignorant, unethical and unscrupulous as the Bush Administration and then went on to promote men and women based on loyalty (to that cess pool of an administration) as opposed to merit...heck of a job, there, Lt. General Brownie. No wonder the Republican Party is gasping for air.

    Beth in Austin, TX

    August 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  125. Nick Jaudry

    Jack –
    I wouldn't put it past Bush to do anything that was dishonest, crooked, or a lie. He's done more damage to this country than the terrorists he claims to be protecting us from. I don't know how the guy was ever elected (and then re-elected) to begin with.
    He and half his crony administration belong in the slammer (Gitmo, maybe)
    Nick
    Houston

    August 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  126. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    The one and only reason of such a decline is because GOP's core agendas are getting too old.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  127. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    It is another feather in the cap of Karl Rove. He may be about to get the "one party state" that he worked so hard to bring about. It is just not the same party that he had in mind.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  128. Julie-Washington State

    I think this speaks volumes about the state our government is in. Republicans and Democrats have a long history of fighting with each other and against each other with no resolution for the majority of issues. Being an Independent seems to be the wave of the future.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  129. Shirley CO

    God help us, if Mccain has to win this election, I am moving to Canada if they will have me.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  130. Marty

    In the days of Newt Gingrich, one of the stated goals of the conservatives was to choke government out of existence. Personally, I rather like the benefits of having a government, including public safety (police and fire departments), education, roads, all manner of things that are provided for the public good. We have sown the wind and are now reaping the whirlwind of those policies in failed bridges and schools, crowded highways, and poorly paid public safety officers. And I won't even go into catastrophes like Katrina.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  131. Anmys

    The GOP is now unwanted party.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  132. john wilson,Pa

    jack, this is clear voter like me change from republican to democrat.That is one of the main reason.The other reason is republicans are not very much interested to vote this year.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  133. Nan Houston Texas

    Our politcal system swings on a pendulum. It has swung as far to the right as possible (the position the republican party holds) It is now beginning its swing to the left (the position held by the democrats) People begin to have strong opinions on one side until the pendulum has swung too far then they rethink and the pendulum goes the other way. Maybe the rise in independents means we have realized the best place is in the middle.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  134. Kelley from Georgia

    Fill in the blank: The Grand ___ Party's presumptive nominee is 72 years ___ and young people are tired of ___ politics! Out with the ___ and in with the new!

    August 5, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  135. Mark

    Tough to sell a war to voters. Tougher to sell one that the media has campaigned against so hard. Tougher still to sell a losing war.

    It doesn't matter what actually happened or happens in Iraq. What matters is how we perceive it.

    We perceive the war in Iraq as a loser...so it is.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  136. Latinos for Obama

    Republicans politicians offer NOTHING! I mean NOTHING AT ALL!

    August 5, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  137. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    Todays generation of kids can and do read. They make up their own minds who they want to vote for. They have been called lazy by the older generation and now they are going to show what they ( the younger ones ) are made of . Welcome to the new world of "HOPE ".

    August 5, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  138. jonathan west columbia south carolina

    who want to be part of the GOP. Gas is at record highs, economy is down the tube, jobs are all but completely gone, colleges are to expensive.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  139. Mike

    Because they suck. That's why.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  140. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    The Republicans are gone. The idea of fiscal conservatism, small government and what goes on behind your closed doors being a matter between you and your God is finished. Now the Republicans are spending like drunken sailors and are more concerned about what you do in private. They want to listen your phone calls, read your mail, find out what library books you read, and their Hermann Goering method of achieving those means has isolated them from independent thinkers.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  141. Neatha in Kansas City

    It has to do with the world conditions that this generation has lived through to become of age. My daughter is 20, and this is what it has looked like for her. We have been in a useless war, her cousin disabled and a friend dead. Her parents were laid off the same day, her father laid off again 2 years later. She cannot afford to buy gas and she is hopelessly in debt with student loans and not yet graduated. As far as she is concerned, the GOP has been in power since she started studying civics. She registered to vote on her 18th birthday and proudly checked the Democrat box.

    I also find that her and her friends are more worldly and policitically savy then we were in high school. I came of age in the 80's and we thought life was good so why bother with that. See where they attitude has gotten us.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  142. Eddie

    The question should be asked: Why are most people with higher levels of education squarely behind Obama and the Democratic Party? It seems our colleges have taught most of our students to see which party has a better sense of direction in which to lead this country – after eight years of White House incompetence and six years of a Republican Congressional Majority.

    Eddie
    San Francisco, CA

    August 5, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  143. D

    Jack, Jack, Jack

    The is so obvious, I am not sure I can come up with a complicated enough answer. The American people are tired of being lied to, tired of the do as I say not as I do attitude... Another part of his legacy that Bush can be proud of.

    Prescott, Arizona

    August 5, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  144. Steve

    people are tired of greedy old men.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  145. Rick - Huntsville, AL

    Registration? Vote?

    What is this strange concept you speak of?
    Are you saying that if we all stand up and voice our opinions through ballots that we can change government policy as well as the future of our nation... woah!

    August 5, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  146. Aaron Senter, California

    The Republican Party has lost its way, Jack. They have strayed from the principles that made them great and have allowed frauds and fakes to lead the party and create the party's platform. If the Republican Party does not return to its roots and the ideals and positions that made them great, it will eventually loose out. They will not only loose their current base, but future voters like me, who, if do not see a change, will register as an Independent or even as a Democrat, and abandon the Republican Party.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  147. john cavataio

    bush&cheney have been dishonest since they were elected.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  148. ANN, Michigan

    Could it be that some republicans are finally getting a conscience? After the terrible Bush Administration, there is a good feeling around the country that moving day is January 20, 2009.

    Is it 2009 yet?

    August 5, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  149. Garnett Ankle

    Jack, President Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Ms.Rice and other should have been impeached long ago for war crimes. The United States House of Representatives who is charged with impeachment should be ASHAMED of themselves, but, do they have any shame? They have allowed these above named war criminals to get away scot-free. I hope there is a constitutional provision to impeach the above war criminals during the next administration or send them to The Hague for trial, but, I will not hold my breath. This November, we should vote out all House Members and one third of Senator Democrats and Republicans who are up for re-election. I am ashamed to call myself an American. Please remind those so-called patriots, that, patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

    G.
    Meriden, Connecticut.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  150. Sid- Texas

    Maybe that folks who have always voted Republican tickets are beginning to realize that the GOP has always supported big business at expense the of their employees. They allow big business to cut jobs, health benefits, pay rolls, pollute, make shoddy products, and also give them huge tax breaks. Who wants to vote for the GOP after looking at the mess the country is in under the present administration?

    August 5, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  151. Danh nguyen

    I am not going to vote for the Republican in November. Every month, at least 10 billions sent to the Oil rich country, when we are hungry at home. What the hell is wrong with Bush and Cheney?

    August 5, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  152. Brandon Bryce

    How come people aren't blaming the 282 Democratic congressman for the crisis? Most of these current problems come from Congress. I though Congress was taking a nap, while the White House is still working, whether their doing a good job or not. Sure the GOP registration is declining, but where are those people going to? Not necessary the Democrats, but Independents. The Dems might be getting higher registration, but that could come from people who never have voted before, or just became legal to vote.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  153. bob from dover delaware

    For my very first election (Reagan 1) i registered republican for all the years after that I have been a non-partisan.. and that was way before it was popular. I did it because the government does not need to have me listed in their database under one party or another... Look what happened in Hollywood...

    I dont need some hack judging my opinions on millions of subjects because of a check-box I marked months or years ago.

    The fact is I pick the best person from who is available... I always have and always will and I dont let other peoples judgments get in the way of facts. And that includes the press.

    The truth is you should not be allowed to take the standard deduction or itemize your taxes if you are not registered and or don't vote but registration should only be name address phone social security or drivers license #

    August 5, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  154. raj

    well, lets see:
    bush, two wars, steely declining economy, mortgage crisis, high gas prices, high unemployment, and the list goes on. And the man they helped elect is doing nothing to help, just adding to the big pile of mess our country is in. but, that cant be the it. There must be different explanation....
    Hopkins, MN

    August 5, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  155. Keith in CA

    With party leaders like Bush and Cheney, senators like Ted Stevens and pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, perhaps voters are afraid of guilt by association. The GOP is no longer the "Party of Lincoln". It's actually refreshing that fewer and fewer Americans want to align themselves with a party which is now synonymous with graft, corruption, intolerance, and the destruction of our Constitutional rights.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  156. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Three words Jack...Because Republicans suck!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  157. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    Need you even ask? Not all of us are totally stupid and blind, many but not all. The Republicans have replaced the Mafia as the most criminal element of our society and some of us resent it.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  158. PJ Windle

    I think it's pretty obvious that 8 years of the GOP in power has proven that if you are a first time voter... this isn't the way. If you are frustrated with the way things have been, what would motivate you to vote for the same type of leadership? It's time for a change and McCain doesn't bring that. McCain looks very disinterested if you ask me. He reads his speeches like an unenthused teacher who is narrating someone else's thoughts to their small class of students. It just doesn't seem passionate at all. Obama might not come through on all his promises but at least it looks to me as though he is putting his entire heart into this.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  159. Nick D.

    Testament to the dumbing down of America. We are at the shallow end of the gene pool, where the Democrats live. There are more dumb people than ever, therefore, more who want the government to do everything for them. Hence less Republicans. Oh, and a tip of the hat to the Canadians who put their useless two cents worth into this mix also. And to Shirley, above, you should be in Canada now, don't wait for the elections. Go to Canada now.
    Nick

    August 5, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  160. Mike Vos

    Jack,

    I think the biggest reason is the partisian bickering between the two major parties bothers the more independent minded Republicans more than perhapse the Democrates. And some are moving into the independent catagory. This would make the independents as a group increasing more conservative but more moderate than the Republicans as a whole.

    I am a moderate Republican and am still loyal to the Republican platform. The Democrats are still not an attractive alternative to me. I am not happy with Bush on many points, but I see McCain as an idependent, moderate Republican who offers this country the best chance of ending the Washington gridlock. Just because Bush may not have done the best job does not mean McCain will not and it does not change my values that are more inline with the Republican platform.
    I would welcome a moderate independent party that is not caught up in the two party politics that put the parties first and the American people second. A couple of years ago I was actually hoping McCain and Lieberman and other like minded politicans would form a new moderate party.

    August 5, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  161. CM

    That´s a no brainer. The republican party has voted for all the wrong things. Just look at how many republican politicans have step away from the Bush adminstration. If that´s not a sign of no confidence in your party than your just blind to the facts. There just no more trust.

    August 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  162. David, Charlotte, NC

    Very simple Jack... the Republican Party is the party of exclusion, homophobia, hatred, greed, corruption, secrecy, religious fanatacism, corporate welfare, etc., and people (especially young people) are getting tired of it. I was a Republican for years too, but I'm now a middle-aged independent.

    August 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  163. lamont

    1600 pennsylvania ave. Need I say more

    August 5, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  164. Phil, georgia

    Its the Great Awakening Jack!! People are seeing the republicans for who they are–just the little wizard behind the booth in the wizard of Oz. They yell out all kinds of fears; higher taxes, terrorist are comming, biggotry of women, hatred of other races, exc., Then have dirty campaigns to turn people off to suppress the vote. But reporters are doing a great job of shedding light on what both sides really stand for and the people are making a great choice to be a democrat.

    August 5, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  165. Mary Jo Sheridan, Scranton, PA

    Republican voter registration is in decline because ordinary Republican citizens have awakened to the fact that Republican leaders have in no way walked their talk. Economically speaking they are spending fools without a clue as to how to balance a budget. They have damaged the pocketbooks of hard-working Americans. On foreign policy, they've made America more vulnerable and hated in the world because of their pre-emptive war. And as to family values, what a joke! Take the senators Stevens and Craig, just to name a few examples. And let's not forget Dick Cheney, the Uriah Heep of this presidency.

    August 5, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  166. Bobby

    Being 19 and entering my first election, I can take a poke at why people are becoming more independent. Looking at what Bush has caused over the past 8 years has taken its toll on everyone, including supporters. Now voters have almost "marked" Republicans as the worse choice and want to change sides. However, every time I turn on the TV, Democrats and Republicans are playing the "He said this, he said that" game. Those people not registering Republican are sitting back and evaluating the Senators as individuals and not party leaders before they take the initiative to vote.

    August 5, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  167. Mike

    shocked & awed by how far we've fallen, republicans are looking for a more prosperous America that can count 2.5 billion Muslims as customers & partners, not adversaries

    August 5, 2008 at 6:20 pm |