It seems rightful that as more and more Americans identify as independents (aka quitting the parties) the existing powers and institutions that be, including the ubiquitous corporate American press, would conduct studies to prove that independents are not really independents. After all, that's the function of established institutions -- maintain the status quo.
There is a vital and growing independent movement in the country (I highly recommend the historical account from Jackie Salit in her new book Independents Rising -- a down-to-earth primer on the history of the movement.
Not only are Americans increasingly declaring their disassociation from the major parties, in fact seems they don't like parties at all!
Bring it on!
- Dem registration down in key states
(By CHARLES MAHTESIAN, Politico) A new report on voter registration
trends finds that Democratic voter registration is down by more than
800,000 since 2008 in eight key battleground states. GOP registration
has also declined — but by only 79,000, a tenth of the Democrats’
losses. Meanwhile, registered independents are on the rise, increasing
their numbers in those states by nearly half-a-million.
- Just How Independent Are Independent Voters?
(Sam Sommers, Professor, Tufts University, Huffington Post) New
research just published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
suggests that Independents may not be quite as independent as they claim
they are. Across a series of studies, researchers at the University of
Virginia presented respondents with different policies to evaluate and
examined the extent to which political affiliation colored their
- Obama’s costly investment not yielding new voters (Brian C. Mooney, Boston Globe)
- In Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, and Nevada — tossup states where direct election-year comparisons could be drawn — the numbers are striking. Democratic rolls increased by only 39,580, less than one-tenth the amount at the comparable point in the 2008 election. At the same time, GOP registration has jumped by 145,085, or more than double for the same time four years ago. Independent registration has shown an even stronger surge, to 229,500, almost three times the number at this point in 2008.
- Few Voters Are Truly Up for Grabs, Research Suggests
(By REBECCA BERG, NY Times) “There is so much pop psychology
surrounding swing voters, but there is very little evidence that there
are key demographics in the population that are inherently swing
voters,” said John Sides, an associate professor of political science at
George Washington University... Part of the difficulty in identifying
swing voters derives from confusion about the term “swing voter” itself.
These voters might describe themselves as “undecided,” for example, or
as “persuadable.” Often, they call themselves “independents,” although
many who identify that way are not. Myths about the behavior of these
voters are pervasive and persistent: For example, that undecided voters
break for the challenger as Election Day nears. (Data have shown this is
often not the case.)
- Will the real independents please stand up? (Phys
Org) Psychological scientists Carlee Beth Hawkins and Brian Nosek of
the University of Virginia decided to use a tool called the Implicit
Association Test, or IAT, to explore the unconscious biases that churn
deep inside the Independent mind.
Democalypse 2012 - Cockblock the Vote - Ohio's Voting Laws (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) Stewart calls for nonpartisan elections after flap with Ohio partisan voting hours. [SEE BELOW] Fewer citizens voting doesn't enhance democracy, but it does secure the power of the parties...