Rasmussen reports that the number of Americans who consider themselves Republicans jumped nearly three points in August to 37.6 percent -- the largest number of Republicans ever recorded by Rasmussen.
The number of Democrats slipped to 33.3 percent giving Republicans a 4.3 percent advantage. According to Rasmussen, that's the largest advantage ever held by Republicans and the largest for either party since April 2010.
The number of voters not affiliated with either major political party fell to 29.2 percent -- the smallest number of unaffiliated voters since 2009.
The biggest partisan gap advantage Rasmussen ever measured for Democrats was 10.1 percent in May 2008:
"Between November 2004 and 2006, the Democratic advantage in partisan identification grew by 4.5 percentage points. That foreshadowed the Democrats' big gains in the 2006 midterm elections. The gap grew by another 1.5 percentage points between November 2006 and November 2008 leading up to President Obama's election."
The Democrats' advantage was short lived. It started declining the month Obama was inaugurated. It then declined through 2009, but fell dramatically as the ObamaCare debate reached its peak and the Senate Democrats voted for it in the dead of night.
A majority, 51 percent still want ObamaCare repealed and believe it will increase the deficit and the cost of health care:
- As they have from the beginning, most voters (53%) believe the health care law will increase the federal deficit.
- Fifty-two percent (52%) think the cost of health care will go up as a result of the new law.
- A plurality (48%) also thinks the quality of care will get worse under the new law.
Democrats failed to listen to America and passed ObamaCare in true partisan fashion -- without a single Republican vote. Never in modern memory has a major piece of legislation passed in such a strictly partisan fashion.
The Democrats have been paying the price ever since. Republicans became governors of New Jersey and Virginia in November 2009. Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in January 2010. Then in the general election the Democrats took a thumpin as the Republicans retook control of the House. And now a record number of Americans call themselves Republicans.