Voters Unhappy With Polarization are Going Independent

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The bitter debt debate may be over on Capitol Hill, but average Americans are having trouble getting the taste out of their mouths. According to the Pew research group, a growing number of Americans are disgusted with both parties, and are choosing to affiliate with neither. Independents have played a determining role in the last three national elections. 

Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, the politics website for The Takeaway's co-producer WNYC Radio, just returned from Colorado’s 4th Congressional district where she's been looking for 2012's independent voter. Nancy Ross, director of national organizing for, tells about the growing trend of the independent voter.


Nancy Ross


Anna Sale

Comments [2]

Jeff Treganowan from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

To the other comment. Every Tea Party member I have talked to is a Republican. It seems they don't want to be seen as a republican but they won't register as independent either. As a Real Indpendent I don't have faith in either party. I want to see Americans running for office, not Democrats or Republicans who put their loyalty to their party and not their country.

Aug. 11 2011 04:54 PM

As the 2010 mid-term elections and debt ceiling debate showed, aren't Tea Party activists and candidates largely independents who are willing to oppose the establishment of both parties based on the principle of smaller government?

Aug. 04 2011 09:39 AM

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