A study found more voters prefer the Republican Party than at any point in the past quarter of a century.
The GOP recently secured a 14-point swing during 2021, giving it the largest lead against the Democratic Party since 1995.
“The GOP has held as much as a five-point advantage in a total of only four quarters since 1991,” the latest Gallup poll said. “The Republicans last held a five-point advantage in party identification and leaning in early 1995, after winning control of the House of Representatives.”
Republicans also enjoyed a 47-42 lead in voter identification by the end of 2021.
“In the fourth quarter, party support flipped as Republicans made gains, from 44% to 47%, and Democratic affiliation fell from 45% to 42%,” the poll said.
The sample survey of 12,416 Americans revealed the GOP made significant gains during the fourth quarter of 2021. Milestones include winning the Virginia gubernatorial election and nearly unseating Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.
Republicans only had a larger party preference lead back in the first quarter of 1991 after the then George H.W. Bush administration won the Persian Gulf War.
Independents continue to be the most influential political group in the United States. Moreover, according to the poll, the percentage of voters identifying as independent is expected to keep growing in coming years.
“With control of the House of Representatives and Senate at stake in this year’s midterm elections, party preferences will be a key indicator of which party will be better positioned to gain majorities in the next session of Congress,” the poll said.
Gallup reported an error margin of plus or minus one percentage point.