Independents Exceed Party Registration In Key States

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Out of the 28 states that record party affiliation upon registering to vote, Massachusetts, Alaska, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have the highest percentage of independent or no party preference voters in the country. Unaffiliated voters in Massachusetts and Alaska are the majority with about 53 percent of voters in both states declining to register with a party.

At the top of the list is Massachusetts with 53 percent of registered voters declining to state a party preference. Out of 4.3 million registered voters in the Bay State, about 2.3 million remain independent voters. Vastly outnumbering both registered Democrats and Republicans, the two major parties account for 1.5 million and 0.5 million, respectively.

Adding nearly 140,000 new non-affiliated voters since 2008, the number of independents has dramatically grown since 2008. On the other hand, party registration is down for both Democrats and Republicans, losing 7,771 and 6,160 voters, respectively. As more voters leave their parties, it’s fair to say Massachusetts is the most independent-minded state in the United States.

Although Alaska has the smallest population of the bunch, comprised by a total of 486,108 registered voters statewide, a majority of Alaskans refuse to register with a party. Non-affiliated and undeclared voters consist of 53 percent of the electorate, followed by Republicans at 27 percent or 133,063 voters. Democrats are lagging behind when it comes to voter registration in the Last Frontier, making up only 14 percent of the electorate.

Following the trend, Rhode Island’s 358,045 independents exceed the 290,397 registered Democrats and nearly quintuple the 74,070 registered Republicans.

Democrats have made some strides here over the last several years, picking up 4.8 percent of registered voters since 2006, coming to 40.1 percent of the electorate. Nevertheless, independent voters remain in the lead.

Almost half of Rhode Island voters, 49.5 percent, choose not to affiliate with a party. Meanwhile, Republicans have been unable to keep up, adding only 5,206 voters since 2006, resulting in a 0.1 percent decline in registration.

The state with the fourth largest percentage of independent voters — out of states with available data — is New Jersey. Accounting for about 48 percent of registered voters, the 2.6 million independents have grown from 46 percent in 2008, beating out Democrats at 32.5 percent (1.8 million) and Republicans with 19.6 percent (1.07 million).

When compared to 2008, Republicans and Democrats have remained relatively stagnant adding only about 15,000 and 27,000 voters, respectively. Meanwhile, nearly 166,000 voters became independents over the course of Obama’s first term.

Connecticut is yet another state where independents outnumber party-affiliated voters. A considerable plurality, 42 percent (872,839), of the state’s voters remain unaffiliated with any party, edging out Democrats at about 37 percent (768,176) and doubling Republicans with about 20 percent (430,564).

The long-term trend with independent voters in Connecticut is holding steady given about 42 percent of voters were not affiliated with a major party in 2008.

Nationwide trends have been moving towards fewer and fewer voters registering with a party. Nearly 40 percent of all voters in the United States are decline to state or independent.

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  1. Eric Jacobsen Massholes still vote Commiecrat all the time!
  2. Duncan Webb Outnumbering the liberal and conservative cults mean nothing if independents keep supporting them. Time for those who claim to be independent to actually BECOME independent and free themselves from cult control.
  3. Tim McCreary I believe i signed up to. A bumper sticker like this once its 5 months later and still no bumper sticker
  4. James W. Kilburn what about the ike recession,was it a good thing??
  5. James W. Kilburn look at what the president has to work with,the lowest rating in the history of our nation by any governing body,there in lies the failure!! i support the person that supports the working middle class in this nation.i would not have a problem supporting any party that supported me!! the last 6 years what has your party done for you?? how many jobs have the came up with?? things are still better now than in the 2008 BUSH/CHENEY DEPRESSION!!
  6. Belinda Eastmond I was a straight-party Republican for forty-odd years, until Obama proved he meant it when he promised us universal health care coverage. He didn't quite get it, but only because of the obstructionist Republicans in Congress. I'm still registered as a Republican, though, for the same reason as you, Belva.
  7. Peggy Lapham-Kennedy Please stop blaming Obama for everything that has gone wrong, that's the joke!!!
  8. Phyllis Potter Why do we have to have a title why can't we all get along for the good of mankind we live in such a spoil me society
  9. Janet Potter Still waiting for the GOP to come up with a recovery plan, hope they have one and some strong candidates to back it up with by 2016!
  10. Phil Semenuk AWAKE AND AWARE!
194 comments
Eric Jacobsen
Eric Jacobsen

Massholes still vote Commiecrat all the time!

Duncan Webb
Duncan Webb

Outnumbering the liberal and conservative cults mean nothing if independents keep supporting them. Time for those who claim to be independent to actually BECOME independent and free themselves from cult control.

Tim McCreary
Tim McCreary

I believe i signed up to. A bumper sticker like this once its 5 months later and still no bumper sticker

James W. Kilburn
James W. Kilburn

look at what the president has to work with,the lowest rating in the history of our nation by any governing body,there in lies the failure!! i support the person that supports the working middle class in this nation.i would not have a problem supporting any party that supported me!! the last 6 years what has your party done for you?? how many jobs have the came up with?? things are still better now than in the 2008 BUSH/CHENEY DEPRESSION!!

Belinda Eastmond
Belinda Eastmond

I was a straight-party Republican for forty-odd years, until Obama proved he meant it when he promised us universal health care coverage. He didn't quite get it, but only because of the obstructionist Republicans in Congress. I'm still registered as a Republican, though, for the same reason as you, Belva.

Peggy Lapham-Kennedy
Peggy Lapham-Kennedy

Please stop blaming Obama for everything that has gone wrong, that's the joke!!!

Phyllis Potter
Phyllis Potter

Why do we have to have a title why can't we all get along for the good of mankind we live in such a spoil me society

Janet Potter
Janet Potter

Still waiting for the GOP to come up with a recovery plan, hope they have one and some strong candidates to back it up with by 2016!

Vic LeBlanc
Vic LeBlanc

you're as bad as a democrat. YOU enable the two party majority headlock over the dishonor of our constitution. wake the hell up.

George Russert
George Russert

Stop being an echo for what you hear and start checking the facts for yourself, because obviously you have no clue what you're talking about at all. Zero, Zip Nadda, None. When are you clones going to wake TF Up?

Jim Hennager
Jim Hennager

check out www.newindependentpartyiowa.info

Shelli Darrow Skeels
Shelli Darrow Skeels

The fact that most of those states were highly Democratic, shows that many have been disenfranchised by their party and no longer want to be considered part of it. They're not yet ready to call themselves Republican but they are waking up.

Annette Sidon
Annette Sidon

Voting by party is idiotic, ALL Americans need to do some vetting of their representatives. Obama told the people that he was going to fundamentally transform the country. That means the basic structure of the country along with it's constitution. Michelle said "We need to change our history". How does one change history? Obama's ideology is clearly spelled out in "Dreams FROM My Father". But it didn't start with Obama, this has been carefully orchestrated for 70 years. Two words.... Frankfurt School. Research it, then you will be awake.

Daniel Gross
Daniel Gross

Folks the Oligarchy RULES America and has since the 1950s. Eisenhower tried to warn us about the "military-industrial-congressional complex".

Alice Otrompke Boyer
Alice Otrompke Boyer

This is really quite shocking - all the Eastern Liberal States - Yay!!!!

Jonathon Dunn
Jonathon Dunn

Thankfully, which state is the most independent-friendly in voting? Washington!

Steve Milosic
Steve Milosic

Many claiming they are independent are republican conservatives

John J Radford
John J Radford

In each state it is either the rich Republican Fascists or the rich Communist Democrats that have control over us. At some point, we're not going to take it any longer.

Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson

I have been waiting for this bumper sticker but looks like its not coming. Been waiting along time now.

Belva Manley
Belva Manley

I remain a republican so I can vote in the primaries. I don't like some of the republican in office but the alternative is disastrous. Look at America with Obama. It's a joke.

Clinton Fry
Clinton Fry

Not if you are still voting you're not.

Scot Douglas
Scot Douglas

Doesn't matter, a Dem or Rep will still win in those states

Charles Isildur
Charles Isildur

40% of New York are independent voters, or unaffiliated.

Janice Laine
Janice Laine

Yes that was proven when the TP endorsed Paul Ryan. He's shown his true colors.. turncoat.

Catherine Carson Clark
Catherine Carson Clark

I don't agree with the far right any more than I agree with the far left. Too much polarization and rhetoric and too little action, unless said action lines their pockets, and the Tea Party is NOT immune to that any more than the R & D's!

Catherine Carson Clark
Catherine Carson Clark

We can find what we need to know if we just do it. Many of us do. I dislike the IL primary, where you have to choose R or D and choosing Independent means basically no real vote or voice. Blech!

Joe Rezendes
Joe Rezendes

Big friggin deal. With the exception of Alaska, the rest are liberal run. They may not show party affiliation but, they are voting liberal.

Bruce Rubly
Bruce Rubly

that's an a elitist statement, ya think their stupid don't you ?

Bruce Rubly
Bruce Rubly

My take on this is ,the increase in Independents is a direct result of the civil war in the Republican party and its current state of collapse.and the tea party clown car is the reason.

Mary Ellis Buehrig
Mary Ellis Buehrig

I am registered as a Republican, because only registered voters can vote in a primary election. Election day is another matter, altogether. That day I vote as I see fit... hopefully the best man gets elected, but am disappointed a lot.

Darrin Moore
Darrin Moore

Both PRIVET parties are corporatist for sale to the highest bidder

Darrin Moore
Darrin Moore

Russ and just how was voting for Obama any different than Romney ? Both agreed on 95% of the real issues

DonaldHSullivan
DonaldHSullivan

True, Scot.  But we independents are more likely to vote for the moderate D or R.   IMO Obama won the last election because he sweet-talked the Indies into believing that he was more moderate than Romney.  I'm sure that many Indies now see that in reality Romney was the more moderate of the two and are now regretting their choice.

DonaldHSullivan
DonaldHSullivan

Man, if you can't see the difference between Obama and Romney you must be fast asleep.  I'll try to wake you up.  Obama is actively trying to destroy our country to set up a Marxist state (or maybe an Islamic state, not sure which at this point.)  For whatever faults Romney has, he loves this country, and is neither Marxist nor Muslim.