Poll Shows the Number of Red-Leaning States Quadrupled Under Obama

Brittany M. Hughes | January 31, 2017
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According to a new poll out from Gallup, Republican states dominate those that identify as Democratic by a full 33 percent, marking a significant flip in state-by-state politics over the last eight years.

The number of states identifying as Democratic has dropped by a full 60 percent since 2008, while the number of Republican-leaning states has more than quadrupled, according to Gallup.

The polling agency reports the number of states identified as either “solid or leaning Democratic” fell from 35 states in 2008 to just 14 states in 2016, a loss of nearly two-thirds in the eight years President Obama was in office.

Conversely, the number of states that pull more Republican rose from just five in 2008 to 21 states in 2016.

The number of so-called “competitive” states that lie somewhere in between clear party affiliations has also risen by 33 percent over that time frame, climbing from 10 competitive states in 2008 to 15 states in 2016.

Gallup correctly notes that Democratic states tend to be more populous, largely explaining how President Donald Trump was able to lose the popular vote but still win the presidency due to the balancing nature of the Electoral College.

However, the polling agency also noted that Trump won nine of the 15 “competitive” states in 2016 – including Michigan, despite the state’s slightly more Democratic population.

But the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president isn’t the only indicator of a heavy state-based swing toward the GOP. Following the November election, Republicans now hold a solid 33 of the U.S.’s 50 state governorships, their highest level since 1992. The GOP also controls both chambers in 32 state legislatures, and controls both the entire legislature and the governorship in 25 states.

According to a post-election Fox News report, Democrats lost 919 seats in state legislatures across the U.S. during Obama’s two-term presidency.

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