In news that made Democrats happy, a recent Gallup analysis reveals that people are moving away from the GOP in almost all demographic areas.
Taking a look at this lovely graph from gallup.com, more young voters and people from the Midwest are de-identifying as GOP (9% change), followed closely by men (at 7%).
And honestly, who can blame them? Yeah, the GOP is in shambles right now but that's beside the point. The point is that the party leaders (Rush, Boehner, et al--I'm looking at you) feel that the best way to turn the party around is to be even more conservative. I take this to mean that the white, elderly, church-going demographic is far more important to the GOP than young college graduates (which makes me wonder what the future of the party is if young people are averse to identifying as Republicans).
As far as the quest to be even more conservative, I'm not quite sure what their reasoning is, seeing as that the GOP has been catering to the ultra-right for quite some time (and still got their *sses kicked in the last election--you would think they would have heard the message voters were sending). Republicans who dare to suggest appealing to minorities or moderates are immediately shushed by Rush & Co as being RINOs (Republicans in name only). Hey, if the GOP wants to further isolate themselves and create a divide (Real America vs. Fake America), I'm all for it. I think the last election showed just how well that Real vs. Fake sh*t was received by the voting public.
The changes shown in this Gallup analysis do not mean that these people will be voting Dem any time soon. When push comes to shove, when a vote comes down to voting for someone who supports Obama or voting for someone who opposes Obama, I think we all know who they are going to vote for.
So, to answer the question posed in the title of this post, my answer would be no. I think some conservatives are simply ashamed of the GOP--what it has become and what the leaders propose it will be in the future.