independents poll

More Americans identify as political independents than ever before, but that doesn't mean their actual political views -- or
"Most independents are closet partisans," political scientist John Sides wrote in 2010, pointing to data that shows the opinions
The movement in party identification doesn't represent a seismic change in Americans' views, however, so much as an increased unwillingness to be tethered to either party, especially the GOP. When Gallup asked those independents whether they leaned toward one side, just a fraction -- about 10 percent of Americans -- described themselves as purely independent. The rest leaned equally toward one party or the other, with 16 percent expressing more of an affinity for the Democrats, and 16 percent fo