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Poll: Independents Will Soon Outnumber Republicans and Democrats Combined

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A recent NBC poll confirms that the partisan political environment is, in fact, taking a toll on the two major parties, with voter registration revealing that self-identified independents are the fastest growing voting bloc in America.

NBC commentators coin it “the rise of an ‘independents’ era,” reporting that in 2014 the number of people self-identifying as independent was at 39 percent, passing that of Democrats (32 percent) and Republicans (23 percent). 

As of June 2015, the number of self-identifying independents has grown to 45 percent — just 2 points shy of the number of Democrats and Republicans COMBINED.

“The largest political party in the United States in no longer a party at all,” NBC commentator Chuck Todd reports. 

“In the 31 states plus the District of Columbia where voters have to pick a party when registering to vote, unaffiliated or no party voters are now the leading political party in 12 of those state, and in a few of them, they are the majority of all registered voters.” – Chuck Todd, NBC News

In Florida, a major 2016 battleground state, the number of independent voters has grown by one million voters in the last 10 years. Democrats have only seen an increase of 300,000 voters, and Republicans lag with just 200,000 additional voters in the same time period.

What does this mean for 2016? Candidates will have to start listening to the nation’s increasingly independent-minded electorate if they want to distinguish themselves. The only issue is, do they know how?

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1814 comments
Ron Price
Ron Price

It just comes from total discontentment of Government as we see it in general. People are starting to learn that they can BE HEARD!

SeaSix1
SeaSix1

PLEASE SIGN & RT/TIME SENSITIVE #BernieSanders:PLEASE REGISTER (I) NOW in TX+ 9 more states SO YOU CAN STILL RUN 3rd Way/If you lose the Nomination  =>=> https://t.co/jUeLc2XnuO

Ben Oldham
Ben Oldham

Why doesn't Bernie run as an independent?

Anna Crowe Dewart
Anna Crowe Dewart

Yup, that's me, except for one year when I "lost it" and decided to register as a Democrat, I've been a registered Independent all my voting days!

Laura Salas
Laura Salas

We should all be independent..., and be allowed to vote in every primary..caucus...and election

June Newbery
June Newbery

In local elections the Tea Party and religious conservatives have taken over the Republican Party and some of the Democrat social platforms are too Liberal for me. I have no choice but to register Independent and find candidates who appear to be moderates or at least not so radical in their views. The economy and religious liberty are my main concerns. (We have an open primary system in Virginia but we still had to designate Republican or Democrat before we could vote in the Primary this year.) I am fearful of any candidate like Cruz who wants to slash the budget by cutting food stamps when there are so many other expenditures that are way out of line. (No, I have never used a SNAP card, but I want a compassionate President.)

Karen McCormick
Karen McCormick

Not surprised at all. The two main parties have been so busy keeping their corporate owners happy, they have ignored the rest of us and we have had our fill of them.

Carolyn Kane
Carolyn Kane

Doesn't surprise me, given how corrupt and self-serving the Dems and the GOP are. I plan to switch to Independent after the primary.

Jayanþa Ahágama
Jayanþa Ahágama

This maybe the reason that Bernie Sanders might win the Primary elections. He needs 655 and Clinton 362 to top the Pledged delegate count. There are seven open Primaries remaining. If Bernie wins average 64% of these elections, he wins. Super delegates vote only at the Convention. Bernie can argue for them to vote in proportion to pledged delegates. Only voter rigging and even progressive pundits sending out subliminal messages that Clinton won can defeat him. NY Times is reporting wrong favorites by super delegates. An accurate reporting site is this: http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P16/

Cindy Rahn
Cindy Rahn

we are sick to death of being sold out to the highest bidder!

Edward Leon Long
Edward Leon Long

This is the folks that never voted because they felt it was a rigged thing! Now they are feed up with Washington's bs!! This my friends the silent majority!! And they are Pissed!!

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

Been an Independent for years. COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY !

Tim Cozby
Tim Cozby

This is why Bernie can still win. Even if he doesn't get the DEM nomination he can get the independent vote and those who won't vote for $SHILLARY. WRITING HIM IN WILL BE THE KEY, IF IT COMES DOWN TO IT.

SeaSix1
SeaSix1

PLEASE SIGN & RT/TIME SENSITIVE #BernieSanders:PLEASE REGISTER (I) NOW in TX+ 9 more states SO YOU CAN STILL RUN 3rd WAY/If you lose the Nomination =>=> https://t.co/jUeLc2XnuO

Dean Berry
Dean Berry

The jews/communists who control our elections love this. In many places Independents can't vote in either the democratic nor republican primaries. Disenfranchise 'em so they become disillusioned and drop out is the name of the game. Truthmonger.info

Robert Emmick
Robert Emmick

Not surprised! People are sick of the same old lies and selfish ambitions and CRAP coming out of Congress. That means both parties. We need an honest, God-fearing, Third Party, that will work for the rights, will, wishes, and good of the people, above their own desires. I honestly don't think that will ever happen.

Nibbana Pelletier
Nibbana Pelletier

I came of voting age in NH and have been an independent up until having to declare democratic to vote in the Florida primary for Obama. Since Florida is a closed primary. I was still registered dem to vote for Bernie in this primary, but I'm about to return to my original independent status now as I can't trust the party. The crooked DNC and bias to elect HRC at any cost has convinced me it's not a party of the people but part and parcel of everything wrong with a very broken system. From what I've been hearing and seeing the independent voter status is going to become even larger and we will finally have the numbers to take our democracy and country back from the elite rulers that now infect every area of our lives. THE STORM IS COMING AND WE ARE NOT TAKING IT ANYMORE !!! BERNIE POTUS 2016 !!!

James Uccellini
James Uccellini

I am going to change to independent because neither party represents my values .

Bill Pylypow
Bill Pylypow

I sure hope so. We're able to think for ourselves, and really don't need somebody else to tell us what to believe, who to vote for, and how to live our live. our party affiliation says it all!

Mike Maier
Mike Maier

This is why closed Primaries are a joke. The most popular candidate ( Sanders ) is not allowed a fair path to the presidency!! This is why he should run as a independent. As the Democratic nominee he would win the General election easily as a independent it would be close but I still think he would WIN\U0001f31e\U0001f31e

Arlys Mills
Arlys Mills

I think they already out number the two parties.

Les Delworth
Les Delworth

Time to change the system, too much BS going on the people come first not the party!!!!!

Mike Porpotage
Mike Porpotage

The R n D s are most likely asking what happened? We watched them bring it upon themselves for years now!

Herlinda Galindo
Herlinda Galindo

Same main story here too... Not liking either behavior of the parties.

Len Schattler
Len Schattler

Not surprised. As more and more Americans become fed up with the cheating, conniving, and crooked democrat and republican parties, and their bought & paid for candidates, we are looking for a real and fair way to elect our public officials.

Barbara Ihl
Barbara Ihl

I have always been an Independent . In Kentucky I changed my Party to Democrat this beginning March 2016. Then I was told that I still cannot vote in the Primaries, because I did not change prior to 12.31.2015. By December this year I will have changed back to Independent ... I am so sick of all these, secret rules !!

Lily Bean
Lily Bean

The numbers show clearly that it's time to give Independents the 'official' endorsement as a party that Democrats and Republicans get !!!

Bill Beattie
Bill Beattie

Because so many people are so disgusted with both useless parties. I have been Independent for the last ten or so years.

Norman R. King
Norman R. King

I have claimed to be on both sides, at one time or another. Then I became too embarrassed to be associated with either group, hopefully for obvious reasons. Talk about unwarranted stereotyping! Recently I often refuse to vote for a member of either group.

Brenda O'Connor
Brenda O'Connor

Consider me and my fiancé as independent too! We do not trust Republicans or Democrats anymore! They have and still are selling us down the river!!!😱 ❤️🙏🇺🇸

Peter Maycott
Peter Maycott

Thats because half the nation can think. Republicans and Democrats are like Papalovs dog. When the party rings the bell they drool and do what they are told. Try thining of your country and not the politicians that are worried about their lifelong jobs.

Sean Morison
Sean Morison

When are republicans and democrats going to learn that the 2 party system is unconstitutional. 2 parties cannot dictate what's good for the people if half of those people don't agree.

Libby Koch
Libby Koch

No wonder, given the candidates this year.

Steve Miles
Steve Miles

Unfortunately, it's the Dems and GOP who decide the candidates who are offered.

Deborah McCracken
Deborah McCracken

I'd change but can't find out how? I tried the post office like someone suggested but they said they didn't know anything about it? So if anyone knows how please let me know!

Jeri Coder
Jeri Coder

I've been independent since 2000

Beth Harris
Beth Harris

Ditto Dodie.Me too, l am done with them .