Record-High 42% of Americans Identify as Independents

This is from Gallup.

Party Identification, Yearly Averages, 1988-2013

Based on more than 18,000 interviews  in 2013.

Fourth Quarter Surge in Independence

The percentage of Americans identifying as independents grew over the course of 2013, surging to 46% in the fourth quarter. That coincided with the partial government shutdown in October and the problematic rollout of major provisions of the healthcare law, commonly known as “Obamacare.”

Party Identification Averages by Quarter, 2013

 

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