GOP Claims Party On Rise While Dems Falling

By Bob Melvin | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

( - The National Republican Campaign Committee on Thursday claimed that party membership or allegiance has increased over the past six months while membership or allegiance among Democrats has slipped. The Republicans used generic, CNN/USA Today/Gallop and Image polls over the time period to back up their claim.

The generic Bipartisan Background 2000 poll showed both parties at 39 percent each among all eligible American voters last June. This month, the survey shows that the Republicans hold the edge, 39 to 36 percent.

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll this month alone showed Democrats have faltered, going from a 49 to45 percent lead two weeks ago to trailing the Republicans, 48 to 42 percent, this week.

In the Image poll conducted in mid-January, Republicans membership or allegiance held a 42 to 36 percent lead on the Democrats.

The polls had plus-or-minus margins of error from 3 to 5 percent, so shifts in party membership or allegiance cannot be deemed significant.

However, the polls do indicate that Republican Party support is increasing while membership or allegiance to the Democratic Party is waning.