Examining Strength of Party Affiliation Over Time

Political parties are an essential part of political culture in the United States. The fortunes of both major political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, rise and fall over time. In this assignment, students are asked to examine data about political party affiliation over time and extrapolate the implications for political parties in the future.

Subjects: Social Studies, US Government

Prior Knowledge: Students should be able to read and interpret tables and graphs, as well as access websites on the Internet. Students should have some knowledge of the history of Americaʼs two major political parties, and be aware of changes in each partyʼs membership over the past 60 years.

Key Concepts and Terms: Democrat, Partisanship, Political Party Affiliation, Political Socialization, Polling, Realignment, Republican

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