Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Trends in Party Identification, 1939-2014

There are more independents than ever before


The Pew Research Center is out with its new study of political party affiliation in America, and the big takeaway is this: There are more self-described independents than ever before.
The 39 percent who claim this label has risen sharply since the George W. Bush years and, for the first time really, it outranks both the Democratic and Republican labels by a country mile. That's especially notable, considering back in the Truman administration, the number of independents was less than half what it is today.

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