07/26/2004 - The Democratic Party has achieved a small gain in party affiliation and holds a 33%-29% edge over the GOP in Pew surveys conducted in 2004. This represents a modest shift from the two year period following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when the Republican Party had drawn virtually even with the Democrats.
This analysis by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows that the current balance in party identification is similar to 2000, when the Democratic Party held a 33%-28% advantage. The Democrats continued to lead during the first few months of the Bush administration. But the Sept. 11 attacks brought about a significant shift in party identification. The Republicans pulled into a virtual tie with the Democrats in the last few months of 2001, and yearly averages for 2002 and 2003 showed partisan parity continuing.
Read the full commentary Democrats Gain Edge in Party Identification on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Web site.