by bored now, Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 06:09:19 PM EDT
we've talked a lot about the changing electorate in IL 6 at soapblox/chicago over the past year. one of the aspects that we've discussed has been the fact that people from the city where moving into the district and taking their democratic voting habits with them. for anyone who's canvassed in the 6th, at least before the primary, you could tell the difference between these new residents and the long-time democratic residents who were their neighbors. the new democrats assumed that there were others like them, and sort of expected to be contacted by democratic campaigns, while the old dems were likely to tell you that you wouldn't find another democrat on their block. plus, the old democrats were grateful to be contacted; the new dems not so much.
The number of foreign-born U.S. citizens jumped by nearly 38 percent in the suburbs over the last five years -- leaping almost 50 percent in DuPage County alone.
but these always seemed incomplete explanations to me. today, we get word that party identification among republicans is down, again.