“Thus, while the losses have clearly hurt the party's positioning compared with what it was as President Barack Obama was taking office, its strength is generally back to where it was in the mid-2000s, before a series of events including the Iraq war, high gas prices, and the recession eroded public confidence in George W. Bush and the Republican Party,” the polling company said.

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The Gallup survey also found that, between 2008 and 2010, every state and Washington, D.C., showed a drop in the number of residents who called themselves Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents. The three states with the sharpest decline in the category were all in New England (Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine). In large part, states not considered especially Democratic (North Dakota and Mississippi, for instance) showed the least amount of change. 

Gallup said its results were based on its daily tracking efforts and that it had interviewed at least 1,000 adults in 49 states in 2010, missing that threshold in North Dakota and Washington, D.C.