More Americans are identifying themselves as Democrats or leaning toward the party over Republicans — up from a tie over three months last year, according to a new Gallup daily tracking poll
Here are the results of the survey, released Friday, involving 15,253 adults and conducted on March 1 to 31:
- Democrats or leaning Democratic: 46 percent.
- Republican or leaning Republican: 40 percent.
In August through October of last year, the results were at 42 percent each.
In analyzing its findings, Gallup said that Democrats' edge "gives them strong positioning heading toward this fall's election.
"Given that Republicans tend to vote at higher rates than Democrats, a bigger advantage in basic party loyalties gives Democrats more of a cushion if their turnout fails to match or approach that of Republicans."
The Gallup tracking poll results have a margin of error of 1 percent.
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