What Kind of Independent Voter Are You?

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March 26, 2012: NPR: Just How Independent Are Independent Voters?

“Closet partisan”? “Party switcher”?  Or maybe– like many of us– you just can’t stand the phone calls and the junk mail:

Lester Wilson doesn’t think of himself as a Republican or a Democrat. He’s not a card-carrying Libertarian or Green, either.

The one group he does belong to is the 40 percent of Americans who identify as independents — a group now larger than any single political party, according to a recent Gallup survey.

40% Of Americans Identify As Independents

Record-High 40% of Americans Identify as Independents in '11

Credit: Gallup

“I like my independent status. I think voting for just one party is a betrayal of my civic duty,” says the 38-year-old maintenance worker from Asheville, N.C.

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