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.”
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.
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.