Chimpy’s sets an all-time low job approval rating in Tennessee but more importantly Tennessee voters’ party affiliation has flipped. In 2004 there were more self-identified Republicans in the Volunteer State, today there are more Dems.
Given President Bush’s falling approval ratings in Tennessee (34% vs. 42% a year ago), the unpopularity of the war in Iraq, and dissatisfaction with response to Hurricane Katrina, Tennessee – once solidly Republican – may be shifting toward the “blue” end of the spectrum. Also, in the fall of 2004 – when President Bush won handily – some 35% of Tennesseans identified themselves as Republicans, 29% as Democrats, and 23% as independents. This spring the results are 31% Republican, 33% Democrat, and 22% independent.