Independents Hold Majority in U.S. Party Affiliation

In the United States, we are seeing a change when it comes to party affiliation. In an article written by the Pew Research Center titled “A Deep Dive into Party Affiliation,” it shows that from 1985 to 2009 party affiliation stayed relatively the equal with democrats, republicans, and independents. However, since 2009, we have seen a shift in party affiliation where more and more people are identifying as independent.  According to the article, “39% call themselves independents, 32% identify as Democrats and 23% Republicans, as of 2014.”

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Then in another article written by Jeffrey M. Jones of Gallup titled “Independent Political ID in US Lowest in Six Years,” we can see that this trend continued into 2015, where independents were at their highest at 42%. This continued into 2016, where 39% identified as Independent, 31% as Democrat, and 28% as Republican.

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Moderation and diversity in politics is an important factor in creating bipartisan compromise. This departure from partisan politics is a good step forward in diverse thinking and will hopefully lead to a more moderate legislature instead of the polarized one we see today.

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3 thoughts on “Independents Hold Majority in U.S. Party Affiliation”

  1. I find this information very intriguing. In my previous experiences in learning about our country’s governmental system, I always found it perplexing as to why while the majority of our country’s population identified closer to the middle of the political spectrum, an “Independent Party” candidate could never ascertain enough of the vote to win a national election due to the fact that there was never an issue they could base their party around. In our present political climate, I feel that an Independent could possibly win a national election in the future, as the two main political parties have become so polarized that a possible issue an Independent could back their campaign foundation around could be the lack of understanding the two other parties have for those in the middle. It will indeed be interesting to see where our country goes from here.

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  2. I think that bipartisan compromise is one of the only ways to move this country in the proper direction, however, just because there are more people registered as independent does not mean that this will occur. Even with a larger number of people identifying as independent that does not mean that more independents are being elected into offices. If anything this just shows that while the majority of Americans share middle ground and are capable of compromise our politicians are staying or becoming more polarized.

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  3. I like the idea that most people are moderate or independent but I think that we have made government too big where that the only serious candidates are the extreme outlier on either side of the political parties.

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