Poll: Political Independents Hit Record-High 42%Submitted by krp.nc on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 20:37
Forget Democrat or Republican. Americans who say they're politically independent hit a record-high 42% on average last year, the Gallup Poll says.
In a year when attitudes about Congress and trust in government plunged to new lows, Gallup says the percentage of Americans who considered themselves independent in 2013 was the highest in the 25 years it has measured it.
Americans who identify with the Republican Party dropped to a record-low 25% last year while Democratic identification stayed at 31%. The high point for Republicans was in 2004 when George W. Bush won a second term and GOP identification was 34%, Gallup says.