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Pa. Republicans gaining in voter registrations and partisan identification

Follows a national trend

  • Scott LaMar
Ellen Ortt, 81, looks through old voter registration files at the Voter Registration office in the Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown, PA., on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Ortt is looking to see which files need to be update with a new address or a party switch.

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Ellen Ortt, 81, looks through old voter registration files at the Voter Registration office in the Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown, PA., on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Ortt is looking to see which files need to be update with a new address or a party switch.

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Airdate: Monday, January 31, 2022

More Pennsylvanians identified as Republicans than Democrats in 2021. That’s according to the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.

F&M polls last year found 47% of the state’s registered voters identifying as Republicans compared 42% as Democrats. In 2020, 47% identified as Democrats and 44% as Republicans.

Nine percent said they were independents in 2021 compared to 7% in 2020.

According to the Center, the greatest gap occurred in August of last year and coincided with the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, increased concerns about inflation and a COVID resurgence.

Berwood Yost, the Director of the F&M Center for Opinion Research is on Monday’s Smart Talk to provide analysis.

 

 

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