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Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Politics | 37 comments

GOP losing the over-65 voters?

GOP losing the over-65 voters?

Seniors are now much less likely to identify with the Republican Party. On Election Day in 2010, the Republican Party enjoyed a net 10 point party identification advantage among seniors (29 percent identified as Democrats, 39 percent as Republicans). As of last month, Democrats now had a net 6 point advantage in party identification among seniors (39 percent to 33 percent). …NationalMemo< /blockquote>

As Kevin Drum points out, more more evidence is needed to make this a solid loss for Republicans. But there are signs that “seniors are now much less likely to identify with the Republican Party…” and real numbers to back that up. Some seniors may be moving away from the most conservative House Republicans and sliding even further to the right. Still…

At the same time, this does suggest that there’s at least an opportunity here for Democrats. If they can goad Eric Cantor and his pals into spending the next year jabbering about cuts to entitlements—i.e., Medicare and Social Security, which 89 percent of seniors want protected—then who knows? Maybe seniors really will bolt. …KevinDrum,MoJo

Cross posted from Prairie Weather