POLITICAL NOTES: Anatomy of the Electorate

The Republican Party is unmistakably a minority party and cannot win the 1960 presidential election without capturing an overwhelming majority of the independent votes. So, in effect, reported the Gallup poll this week after a sampling of 9,415 voters; only 30% said they considered themselves Republicans, as against 47% who said they were Democrats and a remarkable 23% who classified themselves as Independents. (Back in early 1956, the Gallup poll estimated the party leanings at 40% Republican, 52% Democratic, 8% Independent or undecided. An estimated 15% of the Democrats voted for Ike that year, plus about 70% of the...

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