There is an increasing number of democrats changing their political affiliation to the republican side. Normally, for one to change stances like that means they have been disappointed by a political party to the extent of choosing another one. In some cases, people switch political parties to pursue prominent government positions after a dry spell of elections victory. One of the common reasons for abandoning one’s party is to seek financial benefits, and this is a popular trend where politicians can be “bought” by the opposition. It is argued that one should change a party only after realizing the flaws of a party’s ideology.
This seems to be the case with Democrats who are switching to the Republican party. Various media reports revealed how members from the ruling party have been defecting to the opposition side during the past months. Released stats show famous politicians abandoning the Democratic and finding a new home among Republicans, including senates who built a career from the Democrats’ ideologies. During the reign of former US President Donald Trump, political analysts suggested that Trump had made the party unattractive because of his policies related to immigrants and foreign relations. It was deemed burdensome for a person to choose the trumpist route, but this has since changed.
A Fairfield Democrat switched to the Republican party after being “berated by some Democrats” [Source]. Tameisha Powell-Dunmore, RTM-6, posted her personal views on Facebook about the Capitol events in January and Democrats came to her head. She also cited that some members of the Democratic party threw down on her for supporting the first selectwoman’s Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program. Democrat officials noted how they only confronted her for spreading “conspiracy theories” on internet platforms. Powell-Dunmore cited that she was verbally attacked and threatened and said: “All of this because I did not adhere to groupthink and did what I thought was in the best interest of the town.”
New York City experienced a lot of “disillusioned Dems switch to Republican Party” in 2020 up to the first quarter of 2021. Major reasons for this change of heart were linked to how the Biden administration handled 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview, Dalton Blaine cited how he voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 but changed his vote last November “because he felt liberal policies threatened to destroy the city.” He explained that “Just the deterioration of everything. Of small businesses, and of not helping them at all.”
His major outcry was on the lockdown strategies, and he said, “This mentality that we’re just going to shut everything down and then just see where we are, like once we get a vaccine. It was a joke”. Jeff Van Drew, who left the Democratic party for Republicans, won re-election last year. He uttered how the citizens tend only to follow suitable leaders who handle the political arena correctly and cater to the public.
A survey showed that many New York residents favor the republicans after Fox News analyzes AP election results. The findings revealed that Trump had gained 200 000 votes from the city, which translated to a 4,6% increase compared to the 2016 elections. The Democrats had lost 3% of their voters for Biden compared to Clinton’s count in 2016.
In September, it was discovered that about 51% of Americans disapproved of Biden’s administration [Source]. Analysts showed deep concerns over the fast rate at which Biden’s polls were dropping, considering that he has been in office for a short period. This might also be used as evidence of his supporters going to the opposing side. After assuming office, Biden was showered with great challenges in the US, such as the covid pandemic, the war in Afghanistan, influx of foreign migrants, widening wealth gap between the poor and the rich, a surge in impoverished families a national debt.
The manner he handled these problems was a sign to Americans, which tested his presidential skills, and in most aspects, he was found wanting. And this explains why some democrats are opting for the republican party.