Self-Identified Democrats Growing Scarcer, Poll Finds

The number of people who call themselves Democrats is the lowest since the poll started in 1981.

After a difficult midterm election cycle for Democrats, the number of Americans identifying with the party is at an almost 34-year low, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll published Wednesday.

Twenty-six percent say they identify as Democrats, according to the poll. Forty-one percent identify as independents and 23 percent say they are Republicans.

A bright spot for the GOP: 47 percent say they see the party favorably, “up by a remarkable 14 percentage points since mid-October to its best among the general public since March 2006,” wrote pollster Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates.

Forty-seven percent say they trust congressional Republicans to deal with economic issues and 38 percent say they trust the president, according to the poll. Obama's job approval is 41 percent overall and 29 percent among white people, “the lowest of his presidency.”

The poll reached 1,000 people by phone from Dec. 11-14. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.