Thursday, February 14, 2008

Independents are becoming more independent

Over the past decade or so, independents have been forced to act like either “soft” Republicans or “soft” Democrats—reluctant conscripts into one or other of America's armies. But in this election the opposite is happening—more and more partisans are thinking and acting like independents. Polls show that at least two-thirds of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. A Washington Post poll last year showed that 77% of voters would consider voting for an independent. (A declaration on independents, The Economist)

More Americans than ever before are registered as independent voters. Her sometimes-shrill partisanship began wearing thin when Obama emerged as a can't-we-all-work-together alternative. (It's an uphill fight for Hillary Clinton now By ANN McFEATTERS, Scripps Howard)

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