Among the general public, Democrats have a wider lead in leaned party identification (48% to 39%).
Narrowing the electorate to those most likely to vote in 2014, 47% affiliated with the Democratic Party or leaned Democratic while 46% identified as Republicans or leaned toward the GOP, based on Pew Research Center midterm polling.
But with the 2016 presidential election more than 18 months away, this report is intended to give a broad perspective on party identification.
( The share of independents in the public, which long ago surpassed the percentages of either Democrats or Republicans, continues to increase.
Based on 2014 data, 39% identify as independents, 32% as Democrats and 23% as Republicans.
This is the highest percentage of independents in more than 75 years of public opinion polling.
When the partisan leanings of independents are taken into account, 48% either identify as Democrats or lean Democratic; 39% identify as Republicans or lean Republican.
Sharp Differences by Race, Gender, Generation, Education Democrats hold advantages in party identification among blacks, Asians, Hispanics, well-educated adults and Millennials.Republicans have leads among whites – particularly white men, those with less education and evangelical Protestants – as well as members of the Silent Generation.