The Political Parties Of The American National Public At All Times

900 Words Aug 10th, 2016 4 Pages
The two leading parties in American Politics- Democrats and Republicans- have a steady base of support amongst the American public at all times. Often, support shown for the political parties is fervent, if not outright fanatical. In order for a voter that identifies as Republican to vote Democrat, their party has to go through realignment, or their ideologies and beliefs on polarizing issues has to change. To examine the extent to which party realignment can influence a voter’s party allegiance, changes in the voting of certain demographics must be looked at. It is also necessary to examine core issues in our country and the role they play in influencing votes toward one party or the other. Partisan loyalty is a hard thing to alter, but if certain criteria are met, then a voter’s ballot can change over time.
Political scientists agree that party realignment has been a constant re-occurrence in our country’s political system, and the effect it has on voter switching is substantial. If a party has realigned, and represents a voter’s interest and ideological beliefs to a greater degree than their own party, then that voter will surely switch party allegiance. It is usually the case, however, that party realignments take numerous elections, and a variety of strong candidates, before they can be completed. A primary example in which party realignment caused a large demographic to switch Party Identity was the realignment of the Democratic Party and African-American voters…
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