Most independents aren’t

Those who are both genuinely independent and active participants in the political process constitute only a sliver of the overall electorate — about 5 percent, according to the new survey. And among that group, just one in three say they are firmly settled in their choice between Obama and Romney.

The rest are basically Republicans, basically Democrats or totally disengaged, Dan Balz and Jon Cohen report.

Rachel Weiner covers cops and courts in Arlington and Alexandria.
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