The Republican Party might think that they are in a position of power in the United States since they control all three branches of the federal government, but that stranglehold on our country will not last much longer. According to a new poll, fewer and fewer Americans are identifying as members of the Republican Party, a trend that began as soon as Donald Trump became President. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what this means for the future of the GOP.


A new Gallup pole has some very unfortunate news to share with the American Republican party. According to the pole the number of people in this country who identify themselves as Republicans, has dropped by five points, since this time last year. Back in 2016, immediately following Donald Trump’s election, the number of people in this country who identified themselves as Republicans, was 42%. Today, one year later, that number’s 37%. Again, a drop of five percentage points.

Among white women in the United States, their willingness to identify as Republicans has also dropped five points. Hispanics, they’ve dropped three points in their willingness to identify as Republicans. African Americans have actually risen by one point, for some reason. But every other group, including college educated and non-college educated, have fallen by four points and five points respectively.

So, what does this mean? Well, it means that Donald Trump is having such a negative effect on the Republican party and the image of the Republican party, that nobody wants to say they’re a part of it anymore. Five percent may not seem like a lot, but when you look at some of the House and Senate races that took place in 2016 … hell, even the Presidential race, five percent swings it the other way. Five percent changes the overall political makeup of this country. Five percent flips the House in 2018. Five percent wins back a hell of a lot of Senate seats for the Democrats and five percent kicks Donald Trump out of the White House in 2020.

The Republican party should be scared right now. A lot of it has to do with Donald Trump, but part of it, too, is the fact that people all over this country now see what you stand for. They saw what you tried to do with the repeal and replace healthcare bill. They see what you’re going to do with this tax bill. They understand that there’s nothing in it for them. They know that while, on the surface, their taxes may decrease a little bit, you’re taking away all their write-offs. No more medical expenses, no more teacher supplies. But, if you got a private jet, you can write that off. You can write the expenses for running your private jet and the staff you have for it and the fuel and all that. But, sorry, we’re also cutting your Medicaid, your Social Security, your Medicare, your disability benefits, pretty much everything you can think of, because again, we go to give the wealthy those tax breaks for those private jets.

I predict that in the next 12 months, we’re going to see these numbers drop even further. We’re going to see it go from a five point drop, to maybe a seven or an eight point drop. And again, if these numbers stay consistent, or get even worse for the Republicans, there is no chance in hell of them holding onto the House in the 2018 midterms.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced