NASCAR fans turn to the Democrats
New analysis of the political leanings of so-called"NASCAR dads" finds that what used to be a firm Republican constituency has now turned undecided or to the Democrats. Blue-collar rural voters are turned off by the GOP's continued support of the war in Iraq and inability to control inflation and high gas prices, and are concerned with the rising number of U.S. troops being killed in Iraq.
While politicians focused on NASCAR's core in 2004, some polls indicate cracks may be appearing in the overall fan base of an estimated 75 million people.
Polling by Zogby International in August found that while more than half of NASCAR fans voted for President George W. Bush in 2004, 56 percent now say the country is on the wrong track.
Almost one-third of NASCAR fans now intend to vote for Democrats in congressional races this fall, similar to the number planning to vote Republican, according to the Zogby poll. According to political analysts, this has occurred despite no significant increase in Democratic campaigning aimed at this group.