California voters increasingly identify as nonpartisan
by Rebecca S. Bender, 5/1/2006 Eureka Reporter --The third largest political affiliation in California? “Declined to State.”
On Friday, Secretary of State Bruce McPherson released registration totals for the seven qualified political parties as of April 7.
Compared to similar statistics in the lead-up to the March 2002 primary election, those who preferred to keep their party affiliation to themselves jumped from 14.7 to 18.3 percent of registered voters.
Over the same time period, the proportion of registered Democrats and Republicans both declined slightly, to 42.7 and 34.6 percent of voters, respectively.
The total number of registered voters across the state, however, increased by almost 327,000. .... more