Poll reveals political independents hit record high in U.S.

January 9, 2014 10:38 am 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 — A record high of 42 percent of Americans identified themselves as political independents in 2013, partly due to their negative views of the two major parties in the Congress and low trust in the government, showed a poll released Wednesday.

Americans who identify with the Republican party fell to 25 percent, the lowest point in the past 25 years, while Democratic identification, at 31 percent, has remained unchanged from the last four years since it went down from 36 percent in 2008, according to the Gallup poll.

Americans' increasing shift to independent status has cost the Republican Party more than the Democratic Party, Gallup said.

Republican identification peaked at 34 percent in 2004, when former Republican President George W. Bush won re-election. But the figure declined to 28 percent when Bush left his office in 2009.

Democratic identification has also fallen in recent years by five percentage points from its recent high of 36 percent in 2008, when President Barack Obama won the presidential election.

"The increased independence adds a greater level of unpredictability to this year's congressional midterm elections. Because U.S. voters are less anchored to the parties than ever before, it's not clear what kind of appeals may be most effective to winning votes," Gallup said.

Gallup's findings were based on 18,000 interviews it conducted last year.(PNA/Xinhua)

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