Rasmussen has been tracking partisan trends for a decade and this past August saw a record number of Americans telling the pollster that they identify themselves as Republicans:
After falling for two straight months, the number of Americans who consider themselves Republicans jumped nearly three points in August.
During August, 37.6% of Americans considered themselves Republicans. That’s up from 34.9% in July and 35.4% in June. It’s also the largest number of Republicans ever recorded by Rasmussen Report since monthly tracking began in November 2002. The previous peak for the GOP was 37.3% in September 2004.
There appear to be a lot of right-leaning independents who identify themselves as Republicans on a limited basis. Not really party adherents in the traditional sense, their allegiance depends on current events, personalities, maybe even what side of the bed they woke up on.
They can safely be considered Romney voters, however, and that’s really all that matters.
Rasmussen’s Daily Tracking Poll of the presidential race also contained good news for Romnmey. In the first 3-day average that has been completed since the convention ended, Romney leads Obama 48-44. This represents a modest 6 point bounce for the Republican compared to his support just prior to the RNC when he trailed the president by 2 points.
The pollster’s Swing State Tracking survey shows Romney up by 2 points in 11 important states.