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Gallup: Record 40% Identify As Independents

From Gallup:

Record-High 40% of Americans Identify as Independents in ’11

More Americans identify as Democrats than as Republicans, 31% to 27%

By Jeffrey M. Jones
January 9, 2012

PRINCETON, NJ — The percentage of Americans identifying as political independents increased in 2011, as is common in a non-election year, although the 40% who did so is the highest Gallup has measured, by one percentage point. More Americans continue to identify as Democrats than as Republicans, 31% to 27%.

We’re not sure that we believe any of this. It sure is an awfully convenient result at exactly the time when the media is trying to convince the Republican primary voters to elect someone who will appeal to the precious independents.

At the very least, we suspect that some Republicans might tell pollsters they are independents just because they don’t want to be perceived as racist bigoted homophobes.

Even Gallup realizes that the US is actually a center-right country. But our news media has smeared being a Republican so thoroughly that a lot of Republicans/conservatives probably now prefer to call themselves ‘independents.’

These results are based on more than 20,000 interviews conducted in 20 separate Gallup polls in 2011. Gallup has computed annual averages of party identification since 1988, when it began regularly conducting interviews by telephone. The prior high percentage of independents was 39% in 1995 and 2007.

Gallup records from 1951-1988 — based on face-to-face interviewing — indicate that the percentage of independents was generally in the low 30% range during those years, suggesting that the proportion of independents in 2011 was the largest in at least 60 years

In any case, lest we forget, Ronald Reagan had no trouble carrying the independent vote. In fact, he got a lot of independents who were really Democrats.

Indeed, the so-called ‘Reagan Democrats’ were really the first important ‘independent’ voters.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, January 9th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Gallup: Record 40% Identify As Independents”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Misfit=Independent

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgHCZWoMwm4

    (No offense to dentists or red-nosed reindeer)

  2. Consider me an Independent. The GOP has been almost as disgraceful ans the Demonic Party, spending and corrupting and deceiving people into thinking there’s a future for the ‘progressive’ vision of Utopia.

    GOP presidents and candidates bear as much responsibility for Obummer’s ascension as the welfare queens and kings.

  3. GetBackJack

    “Independent”

    This is a euphemism for the unpalatable truth that 40% of the nation’s voters believe both Parties are so corrupt as to be impossible to associate ourselves with.

    If that’s an independent, then I’m an Independent, though I actually think of myself as an American

    • BannedbytheTaliban

      Since when do Democratic voters, the party of Jim Crow and Tammany Hall, care about corruption? Their entire political existence was built upon it going back to Andrew, “John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!,” Jackson.

  4. David

    Independents= People too busy to care about politics until the month or two before the election (80%) + Conservatives/libertarians who are ashamed of the GOP label (10%) + Hippies/anarchists that are against the “system” (10%) + people who have an actual independent political philosophy (0.1%)

  5. JohnMG

    Since I have caller ID and screen my calls, I rarely answer the phone, especially around campaign time. And I certainly won’t waste my time fueling some ideologue’s propaganda organ.

    They can take my poll responses on election day. Until then, I’ll believe these self-avowed independents are about as independent as the pollsters asking the questions.

  6. tranquil.night

    Gee, it seems like Independent voters have just as solid an understanding of why people tag themselves by that label as the ‘independent’ political consultants. If not drastically more so. Only politics could manage to redefine independence as uniformity of ideological thought.

  7. I would wager the independent surge indicates Tea Party/libertarians, who would more likely have answered ‘Republican’ in prior years. The trend is unmistakable from 2008-today.

  8. BannedbytheTaliban

    You can claim to be independent all you like, you still have to pull the lever for an R or D when it comes to election time.

  9. canary

    Steve “…some Republicans might tell pollsters they are independents…”

    Apparently this is the correct answer and JohnMG & Tranquil expand the reasoning of Gallop’s poll being untrustworthy aside the polls are usually biased.

    I am a registered Republican.

    Last presidential election it was night and day to watch and listen the Democrats circus clown debates and the Republican debates, and a relief to know I was in the right party.

    I can’t really stomach the Republicans pathetic debates, aside I’m very short on time; Obama administration has taken it’s toll in our country.

    Suddenly my ears go on alert hearing many of Obama’s words, yet a different voice.
    Of course it’s Romney in a debate.

    Mitt Romney was telling he’d bring the economy up by building bridges and roads. I cringe when I hear the ‘infrastructure’ word.

    Alas. The host quickly asked Mitt who would pay for it. Mitt was at a loss for word (words) and went off on his American pursuit of happiness theme which he used at least twice when he didn’t want to answer the question. This was a New Hampshire debate in which he was clobbered, though the polls showed him leading.

    Also, he was asked to answer that Hunterman(sp who?) question (who also gave the same Democrat toned answer the no matter the question) and

    Mitt told the host he really respected the question, but he just had to get something off his chest and it was the pursuit of liberty and happiness again.

    I think it was Perry that brought out Mitt’s claim of not being a politician was bogus, that he had been in politics since 1994 and while Governor Mitt spent most of his time campaigning. I’m sure Mitt knew all that green stuff and unending federal regulations he was signing.

    And Mitt ended up plugging his book so people can read his feelings on America.

    Didn’t catch the entire thing but, one of the best answer I heard got no applause. Dang can’t remember who said it. Later saw a bit of NH debate that Huntsman got real whistling and applause.

    My motto in the corrupt politicians’ world, vote for the lesser of the evils.

  10. Mithrandir

    Slow Propagandizing Has Begun!

    Sometimes it’s better to let the cancer in slowly, as to not cause alarm, rather than the BIG LIE strategy.

    Whether more people identify themselves as independents or not makes no difference what-so-ever. The swing voters that stupidly gave him the White House in 2008, crushed him and the democrats in 2010.

    This is all just trying to demoralize the Republican base, and get them away from Conservatism. We should all be like moderate John McCain.


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