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Following are facts about independent voters, also referred to as unaffiliated voters. These are voters that are not registered to vote with a political party:
- The percentage of voters who decline to register with a political party and who consider themselves independents, has been increasing every year for more than ten years.
- Nationally, approximately 34% of all voters are independent voters at this time. The percentage varies slightly from election to election. The percentage of independent voters is greater than the number of registered Republicans in more than half of the states in the United States.
- New Jersey and Massachusetts are the only two states where the number of independent voters exceeds the number of registered Republicans and the number of registered Democrats.
- Approximately 50% of the independent voters tend to be more closely aligned to one of the major political parties than any other political party. The other 50% tend to be totally independent of any political party.
- The turnout of independent voters tends to be lower than the turnout of registered Republicans and Democrats.
- Most independents have decided to be independent voters because they support some of the positions advocated by both of the major political parties.
- A substantial number of independents have decided to be independent voters because they object to negative and untruthful political ads.
- The percentage of well-informed independent voters is about the same as for registered Republicans and registered Democrats. There is no significant difference.
- In non-primary elections, the independent voters are the voters most likely to determine the outcome of most elections. Consequently, informing independent voters is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats.
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