Friday, December 25, 2009

Independents–do they exist?

There are very few true independents, according to this blog post. This study shows most independents are not actually independent in any meaningful sense; almost all of so-called "independents" lean to either the Republicans or the Democrats.

This study's conclusions, while disappointing, seem very reasonable to me. Among people I know who follow politics and do not officially belong to either party, (n of 30-40) almost none are completely nonpartisan. After all, even Sean Hannity claims to not be a Republican. If he is an independent, then the word has no coherent meaning.

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