The anatomy of political independents

In this poll:

Independents make up about a third of all voters. They constitute about half of those who are uncommitted in their choice for president. And they are one of the most mischaracterized groups in the electorate. Graphic: Different stripes of partisans and independents: http://bit.ly/Pw4306

Poll Questions

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Have you always thought of yourself as an independent, or have you thought of yourself as a Democrat or a Republican in the past?

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) In your view, is the leadership of the Republican Party currently taking the party in the right direction or in the wrong direction?

No opinion

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) In your view, is the leadership of the Democratic Party currently taking the party in the right direction or in the wrong direction?

No opinion

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on the economy

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on health care

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on the federal budget deficit

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on taxes

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on foreign policy

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) What's more important - Republicans stick with positions, even if it means a lack of cooperation with Democrats; or cooperate across party lines, even if it means compromising?

No opinion

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) What's more important - Democrats stick with positions, even if it means a lack of cooperation with Republicans; or cooperate across party lines, even if it means compromising?

No opinion

 
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