It could be disenchantment with politics as usual or Americans asserting their individuality or maybe it’s just a seasonal spike, but the number of voters who consider themselves Independent has hit a record high.
Forty percent of Americans considered themselves political independents in 2011, according to Gallup. That compares with 31 percent who called themselves Democrats and 27 percent who said they are Republicans.
Gallup reports that the number describing themselves as Independent always goes up in the year before a general election, but then tends to go down again as the vote gets closer. The 40 percent figure is one point higher than the previous highs registered in 1995 and 2007.
The polling company says the results are based on more than 20,000 telephone interviews conduced in 20 separate Gallup polls throughout 2011.
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