GOP Still Largely A Regional Party

An interesting data point from the MSNBC/Wall Street Journal poll I wrote about yesterday:

The GOP has a HUGE generic-ballot edge in the South (52%-31%), but it doesn’t lead anywhere else. In the Northeast, Dems have a 55%-30% edge; in the Midwest, they lead 49%-38%; and in the West, it’s 44%-43%.

What this suggests is that, while the GOP’s gains in 2010 will not be limited to just the South, the long term prospects for the party aren’t any better right now than they were in 2006 or 2008.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. James Weatherford says:

    The problem with numbers is as presented they are true enough, but the omissions
    (extenuating facts, independents) are some times left behind. When this is done
    then often times the curve will swerve to the left 🙂 Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams 🙂
    Karl Rove 🙂 Milton Friedman 🙂