For seven years, Rasmussen has been tracking voter registration data, and it is getting interesting. In this thread, could we keep schoolyard taunts and frontal assaults to a minimum and discuss: 1. Why do you or anybody register with a particular political party, and/or 2. Is the slowly but surely rising numbers of the unaffiliated going to be a significant factor in the coming elections? Rasmussen notes that both the Democrats and Republican registrations have declined over the last several months so that there are now slightly more unaffiliated voters than there are those registered as Republicans and the unaffiliated are closing in on the Democrats too. As the GOP has lost somewhat more voters than the Democrats have, we can assume that it is possible that the unaffiliateds are also probably becoming somewhat more conservative. What do you think this means?