The Gallup organization is reporting that a record 43% of Americans now describe themselves as Independent, more than any time since 1988. The same report indicates that both Democrats and Republicans have suffered as more people have become more independent, but the Democrats have been hurt worse that the Republicans, and this past fall, in a rare twist, more people favored Republicans than Democrats.
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While the chart on the Gallup article
is copyrighted, so we can't portray it here, it shows a steady drop in membership for both parties, so the Democrats now have 30% and the Republicans 26 percent. There have been times when the Democrats had a 12% differential.
I say GREAT!! (think of Tony the Tiger-- GRRRREAT!!) Let the percentages keep falling. Let the two party system die a death of attrition. And may third parties help to bring about the two party system's demise.
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