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GALLUP: Record-High 42% of Americans Identify as Independents
GALLUP ^ | 01/08/2014 | Jeffrey M. Jones

Posted on 01/08/2014 11:14:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008.

The results are based on more than 18,000 interviews with Americans from 13 separate Gallup multiple-day polls conducted in 2013.

In each of the last three years, at least 40% of Americans have identified as independents. These are also the only years in Gallup's records that the percentage of independents has reached that level.

Americans' increasing shift to independent status has come more at the expense of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party. Republican identification peaked at 34% in 2004, the year George W. Bush won a second term in office. Since then, it has fallen nine percentage points, with most of that decline coming during Bush's troubled second term. When he left office, Republican identification was down to 28%. It has declined or stagnated since then, improving only slightly to 29% in 2010, the year Republicans "shellacked" Democrats in the midterm elections.

Not since 1983, when Gallup was still conducting interviews face to face, has a lower percentage of Americans, 24%, identified as Republicans than is the case now. That year, President Ronald Reagan remained unpopular as the economy struggled to emerge from recession.

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1 posted on 01/08/2014 11:14:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Republican identification lowest in at least 25 years


2 posted on 01/08/2014 11:14:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I identify as “conservative” NOT “republican”. The only reason I keep my GOP registration is to try to impact the primaries. (A lot of good that does me in Marxist CA!)


3 posted on 01/08/2014 11:17:43 AM PST by Yossarian
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To: SeekAndFind
All told, then, 47% of Americans identify as Democrats or lean to the Democratic Party, and 41% identify as Republicans or lean to the Republican Party.

Interesting that 47% lean democrat or are democrat. That number sounds familiar ...

4 posted on 01/08/2014 11:18:32 AM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder, if there was a “Conservative” party what the numbers for identification with that would be?


5 posted on 01/08/2014 11:18:49 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am a Conservative Independent after a lifetime of being screwed by the republican party.


6 posted on 01/08/2014 11:18:55 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like they really fear a conservative takeover when they want to delay legislative action until after the primary filing deadline.

They need to experience “other” consequences if they make it impossible to hold them accountable at the ballot box.


7 posted on 01/08/2014 11:20:10 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: kosciusko51
Interesting that 47% lean democrat or are democrat. That number sounds familiar




8 posted on 01/08/2014 11:22:44 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Two reasons:

1. Failure to articulate a coherent and sensible alternative to socialism;

2. The communist media/entertainment propaganda complex.

Right now, the average American doesn’t really know what they want. They really don’t have the inclination to intelligently sift through the issues. They also don’t have the backbone to make a hard decision and say “No” to people who want candy land, ham trees, 0bamaphones and a consequence free lifestyle. Other than that, they only know they don’t like what they have now, and are tired of being lied to.

Never before have the American people been so lost, and in so need of a clear vision that they can rally around. Unfortunately, we have been so balkanized into separate special interest groups, I don’t know that we can ever come together again as American.


9 posted on 01/08/2014 11:23:09 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not a Republican, I am a conservative with strong libertarian leanings.


10 posted on 01/08/2014 11:23:21 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad. :()
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To: SeekAndFind

Good!
Hopefully a whole buncha real Americans among them !!!!!!!
Semper watching
*****


11 posted on 01/08/2014 11:25:02 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hmm. What happened in 1989????????

Hmmm. Wasn’ that the year Bush I took over from ROnald Reagan????

Do I see a trend here????


12 posted on 01/08/2014 11:25:51 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office)
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To: SeekAndFind

With the two parties now incapable of doing anything other than get in pissing contests it’s not a surprise the mushy middle is growing.


13 posted on 01/08/2014 11:26:16 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m an ex Repub.

Forced into the independent column by totally inept cojone-less country club idiots. Boehner et al can assume room temp not soon enough.


14 posted on 01/08/2014 11:32:54 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind

Doesn’t matter. The fix is in for Hillary.


15 posted on 01/08/2014 11:33:25 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Mastador1

There is a “Conservative” party....http://americanconservativeparty.org/....but, really the conservatives need to regain control of the GOP...not give up.


16 posted on 01/08/2014 11:34:29 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: SeekAndFind

In five years, the Democrat party has proven to be incapable of governing. All areas of foreign policy are screwed up. All areas of domestic policy are screwed up. And the Republicans are afraid.
The Democrats are on the floor with the referee giving them the ten-count, and the Republicans are desperately trying to crawl under them while yelling at the ref that they went down first. Remarkable.


17 posted on 01/08/2014 11:35:51 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m a registered Whig.
Were not even on the chart.


18 posted on 01/08/2014 11:36:27 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Democrats believe in a two-party system—the masters and the slaves.)
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To: Mastador1

> if there was a “Conservative” party
I registered with the Conservative Party 4 years ago, but found out it mostly supported Democrats and a few RINOs.
Two months ago, I ditched the Conservatives and registered as a Whig. Not a lot of Whigs out there, but they’re growing.


19 posted on 01/08/2014 11:40:01 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Democrats believe in a two-party system—the masters and the slaves.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I know for sure that people in Texas are calling themselves independents now instead of Republican. I can’t give a percentage because our method of party ID is different than other states - maybe not all other states as I don’t know.

Here, you party designation begins when you vote in a party’s primary. If you vote in the Democrat Primary, that is stamped on your voter registration card and you are a Democrat until the next primary election two years from then. At that next primary time, if you vote in the Republican Primary, that is stamped on your voter card and you remain that until the next primary election. The general election in November has no bearing on which party you are and you may vote for any candidate, Republican or Democrat or mix them up, it doesn’t matter.

If you don’t vote in either party’s primary, you have no designation on your voter card and you never get one, therefore no one can be identified as an Independent.

Other parties outside Democrat and Republican, say Libertarian, must have their convention in the summer after the Democrats and Republicans have theirs, and they choose their candidates then (they don’t have a primary). They are not subject to the candidate filing deadline for Democrats and Republicans.

A count could be made now of how many Democrats and Republicans voted in their last primary, but those numbers are subject to change at the next primary.

If you move into Texas you cannot register as anything until there is a primary and then you get automatically labeled according to the primary in which you vote.

That is the way it is in Texas.


20 posted on 01/08/2014 11:47:29 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: henkster

Spot on !!!!

There’s an indifference in the middle that seems to be solely focused on what they DO NOT LIKE.

Their opinions have been formed by the media/entertainment complex and reinforced by “peer-pressure”.

It’s an easy way out for them. They just fall in line so they won’t be perceived as “Haters” or “Judgmental”.

It is my contention that a conservative or even a republican candidate, would win easily if they focus their message on just a few issues.

1. NSA spying.

2. IRS targeting

3. Big Government is a threat.

4. 0bamacare

5. “I just want to be left alone”


21 posted on 01/08/2014 11:49:32 AM PST by Zeneta
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To: discostu
With the two parties now incapable of doing anything other than get in pissing contests it’s not a surprise the mushy middle is growing.

I think you have it wrong. The GOPe and dumbocraps are on the same team. With American politics totally polarized, Independents are no longer the mushy middle; they are people fed up with leftist Rats and GOPe.
22 posted on 01/08/2014 11:50:09 AM PST by 867V309 (Obama- he's just crazy enough to do it.)
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To: Yossarian

“I identify as “conservative” NOT “republican”. “

Yep, same here. Being a Conservative I’ve never thought of myself as an Independent. I consider an Independent to be someone of the mushy middle who sometimes votes Democrat and sometimes Republican. As a Conservative I’ve never considered the possibility of voting Democrat. My only two choices have been vote Republican or don’t vote. But, if establishment Republicans continue to diss Conservatives that may change. There very well be a Conservative party movement take place. Will it win? Nope. But, neither can Republicans win without Conservatives. So we shall see how this barn dance goes....


23 posted on 01/08/2014 11:52:47 AM PST by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Zeneta

I agree. And the candidate cannot be led down rabbit holes like “war on women” and “abortion in the case of rape.” The media will always try to play a “gotcha” game with any national republican candidate. Hell, they don’t even have to be conservative. Look what they did to Romney.


24 posted on 01/08/2014 11:54:58 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: sarasota
The fix is in for hillary

We'll be able to see if RNC, globalist 'pubs are part of the fix. They can stop hillary with a TedCruz/RandPaul ticket. Their intellectual energy and relative youth compared to hillary will win over those independents.

They wouldn't be identifying as "independent" if they wanted hillary. If they don't want her as pres already, they won't go to her when she's the obsolete haggard old witch with no new ideas and a lot of bad history. And that's how hillary would come across against Cruz/Paul.

25 posted on 01/08/2014 11:55:43 AM PST by grania
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To: SeekAndFind

I have always voted conservative in the primaries and the straight GOP ticket in the general and never once had a regret.

I think most people who claim to be independent or moderate are probably liberals.

The last real conservative Democrat I am aware of was the late Congressman Larry McDonald D-GA who was brutally murdered by the Communists on board KAL Flight 007 in 1983.

And of course voting third party accomplishes nothing other than helping to elect Democrats. Period.


26 posted on 01/08/2014 11:55:46 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: henkster

“Right now, the average American doesn’t really know what they want. They really don’t have the inclination to intelligently sift through the issues. They also don’t have the backbone to make a hard decision and say “No” to people who want candy land, ham trees, 0bamaphones and a consequence free lifestyle. Other than that, they only know they don’t like what they have now, and are tired of being lied to.”

AMEN AMEN AMEN!

Until the US figures itself out and goes in a direction and decides to do the hard work needed, we’re not going to go anywhere, much less be respected on the world stage.

This is why we aren’t being treated with the respect we think we deserve and why things aren’t moving as they should. We’re a stagnate mess because too many people are looking to be taken care of.


27 posted on 01/08/2014 11:56:37 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: henkster

This is why no tough type will come along and do what is needed. Any strong leader will just enable the irresponsible to continue to be irresponsible.


28 posted on 01/08/2014 11:57:25 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

RE: The last real conservative Democrat I am aware of was the late Congressman Larry McDonald D-GA who was brutally murdered by the Communists on board KAL Flight 007 in 1983.

Would you consider Zell Miller a conservative Democrat?


29 posted on 01/08/2014 11:58:51 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: 867V309

The political parties are just one big Mandarin class; instead of moving up through talent, people are required to be toadies of the political class.


30 posted on 01/08/2014 11:58:55 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: 867V309

No, they’re still the mushy middle. You just need to look at the “leaning” poll, people still have liberal and conservative bents in about the same percentages, but they’re no long finding a home in their party. I know lots of libs that are as sick of Obama as we are, just for completely different reasons.


31 posted on 01/08/2014 11:59:25 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: grania

You’re may be overlooking the voting “fix” at the polls.


32 posted on 01/08/2014 12:00:37 PM PST by sarasota
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To: SeekAndFind

After the 2008 Election the wife and i changed Registration from the GOP to NPA( No Party affiation) in Florida. We can vote but not in GOP primary. Since there are seldom any “conservative “ GOP running or anybody I would vote for has not made a difference.
I refuse to vote for RINOS. I sleep well at night.
I am a Conservative Christian First, believe in the values that the Founding Fathers believed in and if some GOP canidate expresses those values. I might vote for them.
I did not leave the Repulican Party. They left me
Freegards
LEX


33 posted on 01/08/2014 12:03:14 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: SeekAndFind

Compared to most Democrats, yes he was fairly conservative. But I would still vote for a more conservative leaning Republican over him. But he is long gone anyways. Most people in the deep South now vote GOP except for blacks.


34 posted on 01/08/2014 12:04:13 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: SeekAndFind

well, the D’s have been taken over by a pro-IslamoNazi gang of communistic liars

and

the R’s are “led” largely by a bunch of enablers, facilitators, even supporters of the above...


“Independent” sounds better and better every day....


35 posted on 01/08/2014 12:09:37 PM PST by faithhopecharity (no)
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To: CorporateStepsister
Any strong leader will just enable the irresponsible to continue to be irresponsible.

You mean like that 0bama guy. He may not be a strong leader, but he sure knows how to make more people irresponsible, and then pander to them.

36 posted on 01/08/2014 12:11:58 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Count me as an I.

I’d rather loose a nut than vote D, will likely never vote R again. Fot that matter I may never vote again and endorse the system.


37 posted on 01/08/2014 12:12:23 PM PST by zek157
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To: LibLieSlayer
I am a Conservative Independent after a lifetime of being screwed by the republican party.

Nailed it.

38 posted on 01/08/2014 12:12:55 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: henkster

Sadly, the media and many “low-info” voters kill the messenger well before the message can be delivered.

The left and their media sycophants establish a false premise, and retarded republicans spend their time and energy defending themselves against this false narrative.

The media, sadly, controls the time available.

The “war on women”, the “war on clean water”, the “war on blacks”, etc etc etc....

You and I know that there is no war. It is a false assumption.

Republicans could create their own narratives.

The “War on self respect”

The “War on creativity”

The “War on the individual”

The “War on Life”

There is certainly more.


39 posted on 01/08/2014 12:13:08 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: Da Coyote
I’m an ex Repub. Forced into the independent column by totally inept cojone-less country club idiots. Boehner et al can assume room temp not soon enough.

Amen.

40 posted on 01/08/2014 12:14:04 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: CorporateStepsister
The political parties are just one big Mandarin class; instead of moving up through talent, people are required to be toadies of the political class.

Yep. The Big Government party has two faces: Democratic [sic] and Republican.

41 posted on 01/08/2014 12:14:35 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: henkster

This country is filled with people who are looking for that one person to end up doing all the dirty/hard work for them. Obama promised to ‘take care of them’ and now this is why the rest of the nation voted for him. Obama has failed and this is why he’s lost popularity. Bush (GW) expected people to work for that they wanted. He set the foundation, but he expected us to follow through and do our part. GW didn’t hold our hand and tell us what to do. He was despised by the press and liberals as a result.

Obama promised to do everything for us, but go figure, he ‘failed’ to make good times come back and as a result, he’s viewed as a ‘failure.’


42 posted on 01/08/2014 12:19:03 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: M. Thatcher

Why thank you!


43 posted on 01/08/2014 12:26:01 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: kosciusko51

Yes, mitt was correct. If he had only defended his statement instead of running from it... but mitt is not a warrior... he is a progressive.


44 posted on 01/08/2014 12:27:50 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess I’m an “I” now. Certainly don’t see where the Republican Party shares any of my values or beliefs anymore. The GOP appears as antogonistic towards them as the Dems do nowadays. The nomination of rancid candidates (McCain, Romney), plus the betrayals by Rubio/Ryan, etc., all took their toll.

The thing, however, that really first caused me to sever my lifelong affiliation to the GOP was watching the backstabbing treatment given Palin, though. The sheer dishonor and disloyalty that the Party demonstrated towards her made me lose every last bit of trust and respect I had for them.


45 posted on 01/08/2014 12:28:14 PM PST by greene66
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To: SeekAndFind

I was a registered “Independent” voter all of my life, at least until 2008. The Independent Party is currently a “Registered” party. Now, I’m an “Unaffiliated” voter.


46 posted on 01/08/2014 12:37:17 PM PST by HippyLoggerBiker (Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Scrooge all these labels—its coming down to either one chooses good or evil for direction.


47 posted on 01/08/2014 12:37:25 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: SeekAndFind

I should add to my previous post that I voted exclusively Republican my entire voting life. Every primary and every general election. I’d go down the list, and vote “R” for every single office, every single time. For almost three decades. Last year that stopped. I voted only for two candidates, whom I knew were 100% “tea party.” I left the rest of the ballots (including the presidential one) blank.

Good going, GOP. I “remember” your 2012 convention, in which the words “tea party” were outlawed, and you told Palin to get lost. It cost you my vote, my family’s votes, and two of my friend’s votes.


48 posted on 01/08/2014 12:41:48 PM PST by greene66
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m a conservative who votes for the most conservative candidate. I am not, nor have I ever been a member of the republican party. I haven’t voted for a democrat since 1976.


49 posted on 01/08/2014 12:51:07 PM PST by MNnice
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
" straight GOP ticket in the general"

Can you tell me what legislation a GOP president will propose if elected?

50 posted on 01/08/2014 1:48:24 PM PST by ex-snook
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