Independents Outnumber Both Democrats and Republicans in 44 of 50 States
Americans have increasingly shunned both the Republican and Democratic parties in favor of independent status when it comes party identification. This trend has progressed to the point where in 44 of the 50 states, independents are a larger group than either the number of registered Republicans or Democrats.
In five of those six, it is Democrats that outnumber independents:
The sixth state, Wyoming, is the lone example of Republicans outnumbering independents:
Among the 44 states in which independents outnumber party-affiliated voters, Alaska is 54% independent (26% Republican and 14% Democrat), Massachusetts stands at 53% independent (35% Democrat and 11% Republican), and Idaho boasts 51% independent voters (39% Republican and 9% Democrat).
To Learn More:
The American Values Atlas (Public Religion Research Institute)
8 States Where Party Registration Lags Behind Independent Registration (by Hannah Glover, IVN)
Americans Identifying as Independents Hits Record High as Republican ID Drops to 30-Year Low (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)
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