Poll: Political independents outweigh partisans

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

American moderates are abandoning the Democratic and Republican parties in large numbers, and calling themselves politically independent.

That's the finding of a new poll from the Pew Research Center. Just 32 percent of the people surveyed say they are Democrats, and 24 percent now call themselves Republicans. And 38 percent reject both parties and call themselves independents.

The vast majority of Republicans say they are conservative -- while conservative Democrats have become scarce. And those who do align themselves with a party are more ideological and more polarized than at any point in the past 25 years.

The sharpest differences between partisans are mostly on the issues at the core of this year's campaign -- regarding the role of government, and whether regulation hurts or helps business. There are sharp differences on the question of how much of a "social safety net" the government should provide.

President Barack Obama holds a slim edge over Mitt Romney in the poll, 49 percent to 45 percent among registered voters. The results suggest that the sharpest divides between their supporters are over the role and effectiveness of government.


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  • by PSST Location: GJ on Jun 6, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    Confused, may'be I didn't explain well enough that throwing money at big business is the same as throwing it at the government.
  • by PSST Location: GJ on Jun 5, 2012 at 05:37 AM
    Our government is so out of control at this time, that "We The People" may not be able to reel it in, and that is very sad. To think that future generations will have to be subjected to a government that is run on greed, special interest contributions, big business, and a federal reserve that is not even a governmental agency! Until "We The People" stop throwing our money at big business, that's the picture we can expect, no matter which side of the political fence you are on!
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      by Hate Both Sides on Jun 5, 2012 at 05:56 PM in reply to PSST
      I am confused. Do you think we should throw money at the government? Big business is not a friend. But compared to the government big business looks like soft pillow. We are better off throwing our money at small, independent businesses and our own savings.
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Jun 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM
    Ah, the independents. Now we know who walked towards the voting machines with a string of drool trailing from their mouths as they chanted like zombies in a some sort of a horrible scary movie.....YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN, CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE.
  • by Hate Both Sides on Jun 4, 2012 at 07:48 PM
    There is no problem we face that cannot be made worse with more government!!!!! The government has proven it can only be successful at failing!
  • by BoogerBall on Jun 4, 2012 at 07:36 PM
    The democrat and republican parties are leaving us! The farther the dems move left the more the repubs move left with them. Now neither party wants fisical responsibility in the public square!
  • by Jaded on Jun 4, 2012 at 03:10 PM
    Fortunately the commies on the far left and the fascists on the far right rarely decide elections...
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      by Bart on Jun 4, 2012 at 06:02 PM in reply to Jaded
      Well then, we will either have a commie or a fascist come November 2012, wanna bet?
  • by More Smoke on Jun 4, 2012 at 02:10 PM
    Oh those "radical conservatives" !!! Good "moderates" are fed up with those radicals. This is another piece of AP propaganda. While there may be a germ of truth, as in all good propaganda, this is a spin piece. Thanks NBC, for doing us all a disservice, AGAIN!
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      by G.D.I on Jun 4, 2012 at 03:09 PM in reply to More Smoke
      I consider myself one of these independent voters and I voted for GW twice and Obama once. That makes me 3 for 3 in being WRONG ! As if I would have voted the other way, any difference.
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