Spurred by the article in the The Arizona Republic this morning, I wanted to put together a visual presentation of where the voter registration numbers really are. Here are two graphs.
The first graph represents the number of active voters in each party. Republicans still hold an edge in October, 2007 but growth has been stagnant.
The second graph represents the rate of change in voter registration. This is especially interesting as one can see the highest rate of change (increase) within individuals not wanting to register as either Democrat or Republican but rather, as an Independent. My assessment is that these are voters angry with the Republican party but not quite willing to join the ranks of the Democratic party.
I have long held that political demographics are changing to a more conservative population as conservatives continue to have more children and Roosevelt Democrats continue to age and die off.
My prescription is that if the GOP can get its act together promoting what is articulated in its platform – low taxes, controlled spending and protecting traditional values – it will regain its strength with the American people.
Here is the Excel Spreadsheet (Voter Registration) I used to put this together.