Democrats grew more liberal over the course of President Obama’s eight-year presidency, voter data compiled by a leading GOP pollster reveal.
President-elect Trump, a Republican, defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton last month by winning more votes in the Electoral College, compensating for his loss in the popular vote. Trump pulled it off by luring blue-collar voters in Pennsylvania and the Midwest that had historically voted Democrat.
Democrats have begun to examine how to win them back. But it could be challenging given that their party is significantly more liberal — and less moderate — than when Obama ran as a post-partisan unifier in 2008.
In 2008, the year Obama was elected, 40 percent of Democrats self-identified as “liberal” on the ideological scale. In 2016, as voters decided on Obama’s successor, that number had jumped 10 points, to 50 percent.
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