Take a look at the chart below from the Gallup organization. According to Gallup, the results were based on “telephone interviews conducted January-December, 2012, with a random sample of 20,800 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.” The margin of error was +/- 1%.
When we “spin”, we usually embellish facts to suit our own goals and outcomes. What could you say about Independent voters when you spin the numbers? About Republican voters? About Democratic voters? Remember, “spin” can be positive or negative.
I would say Independent democratic voters were more likely to stay committed to their party than the independent republican voters. Democratic voters overall were more likely to stick with their choice year round. It seems that the Republican voters had more change overall.
You would say to the all of the voters that local elections going into a national election year are always hectic. If your a independent and you are leaning democrat, then you have momentum. Democrats have to work to gain voters. Republicans are slowly gaining momentum but among independents who lean towards republicans are losing ground.
I will as majority of this country identified themselves as either Democrat or Republican. Independent party has mostly leaner but not many actual identifier. The independent party is still at the survival stage it has many works to be done until the party can become one of the well known party.
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Between 2011 to 2012, the Independent vote has not changed drastically. As far as the democrats, they are pretty committed to their party and/or vote. The Republicans on the other had seem to not be as committed. The votes fluctuated up and down throughout the year.