Modern Americans divided when speculating about Lincoln’s political affiliation

What party would Lincoln join today? According to a poll conducted a few days ago, Americans disagree with each other about this question:

Members of both major parties were eager to claim Lincoln, the first Republican president. Only 23 percent of those surveyed said Lincoln would be a member of the present-day Republican Party, but that included 55 percent of the Republicans surveyed, while only 7 percent of Democrats said he would be in the GOP.

Just under one-third of the total group said Lincoln would be a Democrat, while many said either he would be an independent or were unsure.

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2 responses to “Modern Americans divided when speculating about Lincoln’s political affiliation

  1. Austin

    In your opinion and with citations, what party do you think he would be in today?

    • Michael Lynch

      I think it’s impossible to answer questions like this with certainty, because modern political affiliations don’t precisely conform to the positions the parties have held in the past. As a former Whig, Lincoln was a supporter of business and commerce, which possibly would have made the modern Republican Party appealing to him. On the other hand, he also favored a vigorous national government, which is a position associated with modern Democrats. So I don’t think either of the two major parties totally reflects Lincoln’s attitudes.

      We’ve had 150 years of political change since Lincoln, and that’s a lot of water under the bridge. The parties aren’t the same as they were in his day, and the conditions politicians have to deal with have changed a lot, too.

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