According to a new Gallup Poll out yesterday, January 8, 2014, the number of Americans identifying as independent has increased to 42% of the population while those identifying themselves as a Democrat has decreased 13.8% since 2008 to now at 31%. Republicans have fared worse with only 25% of the population - the lowest on record according to Gallup. The poll was conducted over the course of 2013 and the result of over 18,000 interviews. Although Gallup has had its problems with individual polls, this is a culmination with a very large base.
This is a trend that has been continuing and will have a serious affect on future elections. Florida will elect a new governor this November and with a decrease of support by voters for Rick Scott or Charlie Crist, it could be a huge opportunity for lesser known Adrian Wyllie. Scott has been polarizing for Floridians and Crist has shown himself to be a man without conviction, so Floridians are seeking an alternative and Wyllie may just be that man.
The poll dovetails with an article I wrote yesterday in how the establishment politicians have fallen out of touch with American voters and how the public is flocking to either register with No Party Affiliation or with other political parties such as the Libertarian Party and the Green Party.
The percentage of Americans identifying as independents grew over the course of 2013, surging to 46% in the fourth quarter. That coincided with the partial government shutdown in October and the problematic roll out of major provisions of the healthcare law, commonly known as "Obamacare." The 46% independent identification in the fourth quarter is a full three percentage points higher than Gallup has measured in any quarter during its telephone polling era.